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Plaque Depicting a Queen or Goddess

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.


Ptolemaic Period (332–30 BCE)



About this artwork

A headdress in the form of a vulture crowns this female figure, indicating her status as a queen or goddess. Although of Greek descent, pharaohs and queens of this era used traditional Egyptian markers of royalty and divinity, including crowns, to represent themselves. Her beaded necklace is embellished with lotus blossoms and flowering papyrus umbels—plants indigenous to the Nile River valley—further indicating her close affinity with Egypt.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Plaque Depicting a Queen or Goddess


Egypt (Object made in)

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200 BCE–30 BCE




21.6 × 19.6 × 2.1 cm (8 1/2 × 7 3/4 × 1 in.)

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Museum Purchase Fund

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