Unknown Greek, ‘An Important Head of a Hellenistic Ruler, Probably Attalos III’, 2, Cahn International

This powerful and dynamic portrait of a beardless, middle-aged man is certainly idealized, though not lacking individuality. As a narrow band around the head was an unmistakable symbol of the dignity and power of a ruler, especially in Hellenistic times, there can be no doubt as to the royal status of our subject. The person represented is probably Attalos III (r. 138 - 133 B.C.), the last sovereign of the Pergamene dynasty of the Attalids. The Greek head was mounted on a 17th or 18th-century marble bust.

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