Cup of the Ptolemies - Sardonyx, from Alexandria, 1st century BCE - 1st century CE. Cabinet des Medailles, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

Cup of the Ptolemies - Sardonyx, from Alexandria, 1st century BCE - 1st century CE. Cabinet des Medailles, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

Ensemble of Jewelry (Getty Museum); gold, carnelian, and glass paste. Greek, Alexandria, Egypt, 220 - 100 B.C.

Ensemble of Jewelry (Getty Museum); gold, carnelian, and glass paste. Greek, Alexandria, Egypt, 220 - 100 B.C.

This necklace is composed of five repoussee gold lion heads strung among modern turquoise cylinder and ring beads. There are two suspension loops at the top of four lion heads. One lion has no suspension loops. Gold, glass (modern); Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 305–30 B.C.

This necklace is composed of five repoussee gold lion heads strung among modern turquoise cylinder and ring beads. There are two suspension loops at the top of four lion heads. One lion has no suspension loops. Gold, glass (modern); Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 305–30 B.C.

AN EGYPTIAN GOLD SNAKE BRACELET   Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 B.C.   Formed from a solid rod, lenticular in section, curved into an open hoop that forms the body of a snake, its head curved back and projecting outward, the tail coiled into two opposing loops, the scales of head and tail, both the top and underside, indicated by chasing and punching, with a triangular head, the eyes beaded  3 in. (7.6 cm.) wide

AN EGYPTIAN GOLD SNAKE BRACELET Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 B.C. Formed from a solid rod, lenticular in section, curved into an open hoop that forms the body of a snake, its head curved back and projecting outward, the tail coiled into two opposing loops, the scales of head and tail, both the top and underside, indicated by chasing and punching, with a triangular head, the eyes beaded 3 in. (7.6 cm.) wide

Beads and Stud (Getty Museum); gold, carnelian, amethyst and emerald. Greek, Alexandria, Egypt, c. 220-100 BC

Beads and Stud (Getty Museum); gold, carnelian, amethyst and emerald. Greek, Alexandria, Egypt, c. 220-100 BC

Gold Necklace with Medallion Depicting a Goddess, Roman Period (30 BCE - 300 CE); Metalwork; Gold, green glass, Egypt

Gold Necklace with Medallion Depicting a Goddess, Roman Period (30 BCE - 300 CE); Metalwork; Gold, green glass, Egypt

The Gonzaga Cameo  3rd century BC    Alexandria; h 15.7 cm    This cameo, a rare example of the large 'dynastic' stones of the Hellenistic age, was created in the 3rd century BC in Alexandria. The rulers of Egypt, King Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his wife Arsinoe, are portrayed as gods from the Greek pantheon.

The Gonzaga Cameo 3rd century BC Alexandria; h 15.7 cm This cameo, a rare example of the large 'dynastic' stones of the Hellenistic age, was created in the 3rd century BC in Alexandria. The rulers of Egypt, King Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his wife Arsinoe, are portrayed as gods from the Greek pantheon.

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