|HELLENISTIC MARBLE HEAD OF A PTOLEMAIC QUEEN
Probably Cleopatra II, c. 185116 BC was a queen (and briefly sole ruler) of Egypt, daughter of Ptolemy V and Cleopatra I. She became regent for her son Ptolemy VII on her husband's death in 145 BC. She married her other brother, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II "Physcon" the next year, whereupon Physcon slew his nephew/stepson and made himself king. In 142 BC he took her younger daughter, his niece, Cleopatra III, as wife without divorcing his sister and made his new wife joint ruler.
2nd Century BC
H 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.)
Ex French collection.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2009, no. 7; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2015, no. 4.