This head is characteristic of a small group of sculptures from the later Ptolemaic period that seem to combine native Egyptian and Greek elements. The presence of the back pillar is purely Egyptian, so too the preference for hard stone; the coiffure is more in keeping with Greek taste. Typical of these heads is the highly polished surface of the face, which reveals the natural (in this case black) color of the stone, in contrast with the textured surface of the hair, which appears gray. For the type compare the black diorite head in the Walters Art Gallery, no. 120 in Bothmer, Egyptian Sculpture of the Late Period. The finest example of this type is the Brooklyn 'Black Head,' no. 132 in the same publication.