A Greek Marble Head of Ptolemaios III. Euergetes or Seleukos IV
The Ernest Brummer Collection, Ancient Art, vol. II Auction sale from 16th to 19th October 1979, 218f. No. 622
Gesichter. Griechische und römische Bildnisse aus Schweizer Besitz, 1983, no. 2, 18f.
Hellenistic Royal Portraits, Oxford University Press 1988, no. 37, pl. 27
The head of a young man was made for insertion in a statue. It turns slightly towards its left. The hair is full and curly though fairly short; it is encircled with a flat fillet. Sideburns grow on the cheeks. The features are regular and still have a boyish roundness.
From his diadem, the subject is evidently a Hellenistic ruler. The reticent likeness suggest a relatively early date. His puffy cheeks, rather short chin and full lips, as well as the form of his sideburns and hair arrangement, closely resemble the coin portraits of the Seleucids at the end of the third and beginning of the second centuries B.C.