Tell el Yahudiyeh: Head of Alexander the Great ?
Alexander the Great was worshipped as a god after his death. Therefore many statues were produced showing the king. The statues represent different types. There are the sculptures which were made in his lifetime or copy contemporary statues. There are statues produced posthumously and there are many statues of other kings and gods which are influenced by portraits of the king.
The identification of UC 64845 as Alexander the Great is not certain. The head shares some features with the portrait of Alexander: the aboundant curly hair and (more important) the slanting head to look to the left and slightly up wards. Therefore it is at least influenced by the portraits of the king.
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