Cleopatra Through the Ages

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Royal Beauty
In identifying this sculpture as an image of the queen, scholars point to the triple form of the uraeus, the sacred asp on the figure's headdress, a symbol of sovereignty and numerous other details. Unlike other contemporary representations of her, this sculpture portrays a woman with a small, upturned nose.

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