Hellenistic Head of an Aethiopian

Illustration

Arienne King
by Unknown
published on 25 January 2018

This beautifully crafted head portrays an "Aethiopian", or black African, and is made out of black bronze, gold, obsidian and carnelian. The piece was once a part of an ornate object like a serving dish although it has been broken off at some point between Antiquity and today. Crafted in Hellenistic style, the piece comes from Ptolemaic Egypt and dates to roughly 332-30 BCE. It is now a part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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