Limestone portrait head of a woman resembling Cleopatra VII: the head has been broken from a statue but is in good condition. The surface is a little weathered, with a few chips missing from the hair and the upper lip. Remains of the rasp survive on the surface, particularly under the chin and around the neck. The ears are pierced for metal earrings to be attached. This portrait head is identified as Cleopatra VII, however, there is no royal diadem and it is now widely believed to represent a woman who closely modelled herself on Cleopatra’s image, perhaps a member of the queen’s entourage who travelled to Rome with her from Egypt. Some of the facial features can be compared with coin portraits of Cleopatra, such as the hooked nose with curved nostrils. The shape of the eyes and the pointed chin also compare well with the royal coins. At the front, the hair is arranged in the formal melon coiffure, but at the back the locks of hair are coiled upwards and fed through a central knot, while two stray locks curl around the neck. - The British Museum.