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Ptolemaic Gold Bracelet - DC.102
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 3 rd Century BC to 1 st Century BC
Dimensions: 2.25" (5.7cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) wide
Collection: Egyptian
Medium: Gold

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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The Ptolemaic era is named after the Macedonian Greek Ptolemy, the son of Lagus, who was an older contemporary of Alexander the Great and one of his best generals. Upon the death of Alexander, his empire was divided between his three generals with Ptolemy seizing Egypt as his realm and proclaiming himself pharaoh in 305/304 BC, thereby inaugurating the dynasty, called the Ptolemaic in his honor, whose descendants were to rule Egypt as pharaohs until the death by suicide of his distant descendant, Cleopatra VII in 30 BC. Under the artistic patronage of the Ptolemaic Greeks, Hellenic traditions merged with the mighty legacy of the Pharaohs, creating a unique cross-cultural style that paved the way for the Egypto-Roman style that followed in its wake.

Beauty and adornment were a vital part of Ancient Egyptian culture. Dark eyeliner extending past the eye along the temple is even today a characteristic symbol of this ancient civilization. Beyond perfumes and cosmetics, Ancient Egyptians adorned their bodies with some of the most magnificent jewelry known to man. The treasures of King Tut demonstrate the absolute mastery of the ancient craftsmen, combining the most luxurious materials and expert artistry. This tradition of luxury and adornment continued during the reign of the Ptolemaic Dynasty. This thin gold bracelet features two snakeheads that decorate the terminals. Simple in form, pure in material, such a piece would have likely once been worn on the wrist of a member of the Ptolemaic era wealthy elite. - (DC.102)


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