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Head of an “Ethiopian” depicted in Hellenistic mode


- Description:
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)

Head of an “Ethiopian” depicted in Hellenistic mode

- Description:

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)

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