Tomb relief of a woman - ROM2017_15471_1


Tomb relief of a woman

Medium:Limestone, inscribed "Akmath, daughter of Horah, Alas!"
Geography: From Palmyra, Syria
Date: about 100-200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
58.4 x 43.2 x 24.8 cm
Object number: 953X94.3
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Walter Massey
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
DescriptionOne type of grave, the tomb-tower, was a heavy square construction up to five stories high. The interior was furnished with superimposed rows of compartments, each closed by a slab of limestone sculpted in relief and featuring the bust of the deceased. Palmyran funerary portraits showed men and women in their finery. Their sculpture is distinguished by its eastern style characterized, by a stylized, linear treatment of form. This was especially evident in their facial features, the frontal head with staring eyes, and the stiff treatment of drapery. The inscriptions, in Aramaic, identify the deceased.
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