Statuette of a Boy in Armenian dress

Illustration

Arienne King
by Metropolitan Museum of Art
published on 29 August 2018
Statuette of a Boy in Armenian dress

This bronze statuette was part of a matching pair of statuettes found in the region of Alexandria, Egypt and dates to the mid-late 1st Century BCE. The statuette portrays a boy in Eastern garb, possibly a prince or deity.

The precise identity of the figure remains unclear but it could portray Attis, a Phrygian fertility deity, or Alexander Helios (40 BCE - c. Late 1st Century BCE), the son of Marc Antony (83 BCE - 30 BCE) and Cleopatra (69 BCE - 30 BCE). The latter identification is made based on the fact that Alexander Helios was proclaimed King of Armenia, Media, and Parthia the Donations of Alexandria in 34 BCE.

This piece is now a part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Its twin is part of the collection of the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore.

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Art, M. M. O. (2018, August 29). Statuette of a Boy in Armenian dress. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/9085/

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Art, Metropolitan M. O. "Statuette of a Boy in Armenian dress." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified August 29, 2018. https://www.ancient.eu/image/9085/.

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Art, Metropolitan M. O. "Statuette of a Boy in Armenian dress." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 29 Aug 2018. Web. 21 Jul 2019.

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