Artwork of the month

April 2017 Archaeology

A finger ring depecting Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II

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…

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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 x 1.9 x 2.3 cm ; 11 grams

Geographical provenance
Seems to have been created in Alexandria, Egypt

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.

© Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Genève. Photographer : André Longchamp

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