Bronze Statues of Ptolemy II & Arsinoe II

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Illustration

Arienne King
by The British Museum
published on 27 February 2018
Bronze Statues of Ptolemy II & Arsinoe II Download Full Size Image

These early 3rd-century BCE bronze statues from Alexandria, Egypt, portray the royal Ptolemaic couple Ptolemy II Philadelphus ("The Sibling-Loving") and Arsinoe II Philadelphus. Ptolemy II is wearing the scalp of an elephant, possibly symbolic of Ptolemaic Egypt's relations with India or intended to imitate similar portraits of Alexander the Great. Arsinoe II holds a cornucopia, symbolizing wealth and prosperity, and associating her with Aphrodite.

The British Museum, London.

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Museum, T. B. (2018, February 27). Bronze Statues of Ptolemy II & Arsinoe II. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8209/bronze-statues-of-ptolemy-ii--arsinoe-ii/

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