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    Sale 12257

    Antiquities

    25 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 10

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SCULPTOR'S MODEL OF PTOLEMY II

    PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, REIGN 285-246 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SCULPTOR'S MODEL OF PTOLEMY II
    PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, REIGN 285-246 B.C.
    3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high


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    Ptolemy II Philadelphos came to the throne of Egypt as co-ruler in 285 B.C. at the age of 25. To celebrate his accession he staged an elaborate pageant, which included music, images of Egyptian and Greek gods, and a long train of wild beasts and birds unknown to Egypt, including elephants harnessed to chariots. He enriched the city of Alexandria with a lavish building program in an effort to make the new city a cultural rival to Athens, which included the completion of the famed library, the greatest of the Hellenistic world. He was first married to Arsinoe I, daughter of Lysimachus of Thrace, who bore him three children, but she was later accused of treason and banished to Coptos. Her accuser was Ptolemy's sister Arsinoe II, who later married her brother. Egypt prospered and expanded during his thirty-eight year reign. He died in 246 B.C., aged about 60, and was succeeded by his son, Ptolemy III Euergetes (see M. Davis and C.M. Kraay, The Hellenistic Kingdoms, Portrait Coins and History, pp. 151-158).

    Provenance

    Edward Drummond Libbey (1854-1925), Toledo, gifted to The Toledo Museum of Art, 1906 (Accession no. 1906.224).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND


    Literature

    The Toledo Museum of Art, Catalogue of a Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, Brought Together and Presented to The Toledo Museum of Art by Mr. Edward Drummond Libbey, Toledo, 1906, p. 36, no. 224.