This larger than life-sized head of a woman was originally inserted into the statue of a cloaked figure. Traces of workmanship on the back of the head and the neck are often found on Hellenistic sculpture. In imitation of the hairstyles sported by goddesses, her wavy hair is parted in the centre, combed backwards and put up at the back of the neck. Traces of a tiara identify the sitter as a Hellenistic (presumably Ptolemaic) queen, possibly Arsinoe III Philopator, Queen of Egypt (c. 246–204 B.C.).
3. Jh. v. Chr.
Ephesos , Theater , Selçuk, Kleinasien, Türkei
H. 52 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Antikensammlung
Antikensammlung, I 876
Sultan, Abdul, Hamid, II.; Österreichische Ausgrabungen in Ephesos; Geschenk an Kaiser Franz Joseph; 1911 nachträglich inventarisiert
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