Cleopatra VII (Facial Reconstruction)

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Arienne King
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published on 27 March 2023
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Facial reconstruction of the Ptolemaic Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII (r. 51-30 BCE). This artistic representation of Cleopatra is primarily based on a bust from the Berlin Altes Museum, widely agreed to depict Cleopatra. In addition to the Berlin portrait, the features in this reconstruction are based upon contemporary coin portraits and a bust from the British Museum which may depict Cleopatra.

In those portraits and this reconstruction, Cleopatra wears a Macedonian cloth diadem which was traditionally worn by Hellenistic monarchs. Cleopatra's hair colour is unknown; she was of primarily Macedonian Greek descent, and two frescoes, one of a red-headed queen and another of a dark-haired Venus, have been suggested to represent her. The earring depicted is based on 1st-century BCE Ptolemaic jewelry from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Arienne King
Arienne King is a student and freelance writer with a passion for history, archaeology, and digital media. She runs the blog Muses & Mayhem and is the Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia.

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