A FINGER RING DEPICTING PTOLEMY VIII EUERGETES II
© Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Genève
Photographer : André Longchamp
 
 
The « Magnificent » (gr. Tryphon) or « The Potbellied » (gr. Physkon), these are two of the epithets which commonly described the pharaoh Ptolemy VIII, represented on a gold and garnet ring of the FGA collections. Discover the subtle portrait of this character, full of contrasts… [read more…].
 
 
A FINGER RING DEPICTING PTOLEMY VIII EUERGETES II 
Hellenistic period, reign of Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II,
170-163 and 145-116 BC
Gold and garnet
2.6 cm x 1.9 cm x 2.3 cm; 11 grams
FGA-ARCH-GR-0030
 
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Suggested to have been created in Alexandria, Egypt
From the collection of Victor Adda (1885-1965), born in Alexandria, Egypt, which he reportedly acquired in Egypt in the early part of the 20th Century; thence by descent to the owner who consigned it to Christie’s.
 
Previous publications:
Bianchi, Robert Steven, “Anello con ritratto di Tolemeo XI Soter II”, in Gentili, Giovanni (ed.), Cleopatra. Roma e lincantesimo dellEgitto, exhibition cat. [Roma, Chiostro del Bramante, 12 ottobre 2013-2 febbraio 2014], Geneva and Milan, 2013, p. 253, no 20.
Cleopatra y la fascinación de Egipto, exhibition cat. [Madrid, Centro de Exposiciones Arte Canal, 3 December 2015-8 May 2016], Madrid and Milan, 2015, p. 247, no 28.
Christie’s Antiquities, 5259, London, 85 Old Brompton Road, 27 October 2009, p. 40-41, lot no 119.
Jucker, Hans, Willers, Dietrich, Gesichter: Griechische und römische Bildnisse aus Schweizer Besitz. Ausstellung im Bernischen Historischen Museum, vom 6. November 1982 bis 6. Februar 1983, Bern, Archäologisches Seminar der Universität Bern, 1982, p. 281, n. 133.
Restellini, Marc (dir.), Le mythe de Cléopâtre, exhibition cat. [Paris, Pinacothèque de Paris, 10 April-7 September 2014], Paris, 2014, p. 44, no 18.
Spier, Jeffrey, “A Group of Ptolemaic Garnets”, Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 47 (1989), p. 21-38, no 4.