The over life-size youthful head gazes forwards with large rounded eyes beneath a strong brow, thick tousled locks lie close to the head revealing the ears, teeth visible through parted lips. Parian marble. Chips to the face, the nose in particular.
This head is most likely a portrait of Ptolemy I or of Mark Anthony. The lack of a diadem indicates that if the former, it would have been a representation of the General prior to the death of Alexander the Great. The eyes are typical of Ptolemaic potraiture, and Parian marble was transported to Alexandria in vast quantities, indeed it is the most common marble found in Egypt during this period. The tousled hair points towards a later date of creation, and therefore an identification as Mark Anthony, though it could be a posthumous image of Ptolemy I.
Colonel Brugeilles, France; exported from Turkey (Alexandretta) 1937-1938, thence by descent