Head of an “Ethiopian” depicted in Hellenistic mode
All black Africans were known as Ethiopians to the ancient Greeks, and Greek artists had defined for them a distinct iconography well before the cosmopolitan Hellenistic period, when, especially in Ptolemaic Egypt, regular contact came about
- Period: Macedonian-Ptolemaoc Period
- Date: 332-3- B.C.
- Geography: Country of Origin Egypt: Possibly From Delta
- Medium: cupreous alloy, gold
- Dimensions: h. 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in); w. 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in); d. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in)
(Source: Metropolitan Museum)