153. A Ptolemaic Bronze Bezel of a Ring

Alexandria, circa 300 BC
Size: 3.2 × 1.2 cm

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The bezel is cast in high relief with a fine and delicate portrait of a queen, probably Arsinoe II, the best-dressed woman in the whole of human history, judging from her statue in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Antiquities Museum. Even after 2,300 years under water she has emerged immaculate, beguiling and majestic.