Portrait of Cleopatra VII

Portrait of Cleopatra VII

It’s been a while since I last did a photo-manipulation. This is supposed to represent Cleopatra VII, the last and most famous of Egypt’s Ptolemaic rulers. For her face I used a photo of the actress Zoe Saldana, but I darkened her skin to counteract the usual media procedure of digitally “whitening up” actress’s complexions. The headdress obviously comes from a modern fantasy costume, but I believe the necklace actually does originate from Late Period Egypt.

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