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A Long-Neglected Example Of Ptolemaic Relief Carving

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This chapter discusses the issues related to the dating of a relief which belongs to the Ptolemic period. The image is deeply modeled and, from the shape of the face and single breast, is clearly of the Ptolemaic Period. Petrie could not place the Ptolemaic material on the site any earlier than the time of Ptolemy VII, an assumption based on the finding of an inscribed architrave. A precise date for the relief will probably always be a matter for argument, but the possibility exists that it could be assigned a date somewhat earlier than Petrie's evidence suggested. The female figure and face are in deep relief. This work of art serves as the single example of relief carving from the time of the Ptolemaic Period in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and complements a collection meant to represent the greater artistic expressions of Egyptian history.

Keywords: Petrie; Ptolemy VII; relief carving



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