Requires Photography

Inlay head of a king

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, near Medinet Gurob, Said to be from


Height x width x length: 2 x 1.5 x .5 cm (13/16 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Opaque blue glass

On View

Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)


The Ancient World



Fine opaque blue glass inlay. Beautifully modeled Ptolemaic face.


May 1945, probably among the glass fragments said to have been found about 12 miles southeast of Medinet Gurob, Egypt, by Robert Gordon Faudree [see note 1]; 1959, sold by Faudree to Horace L. Mayer (b. 1899 - d. 1968), Williamstown, MA [see note 2]; to his widow, Florence Ellen Mayer, Williamstown; 1973, gift of Mrs. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974)

[1] According to a letter from Faudree of July 6, 1959. [2] First lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA on October 30, 1959 (loan no. 52.59).

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer