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nemes

a royal headdress characterized by folds on each side of the forehead and by pleats, two of which fall down on the shoulders and one on the back

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The Ptolemies were Egyptianized from the reign of Ptolemy the Fourth, and were represented as pharaohs. Nevertheless, the style at that period was not as beautiful as earlier Pharaonic art.

This head, found in Abu Qir Bay, shows a king wearing the royal headdress called nemes, dominated by the sacred cobra. The eyelids and eyebrows are carved in relief. The eyes are wide open and the ears are exposed by the headdress.

Dimensions:  Width 32 cm  Height 36 cm

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Culture:

Greco-Roman

Technique:

General Techniques
  Stone Techniques
  Hewn

Style:

Ptolemaic Period

Materials:

Quartzite
Type Type

Type:

Head
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Location: 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum

Created: 

Abukir
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Created: 

2nd Century BC
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