Tomb relief of Barnebo son of Nargeta in Roman dress - ROM2016_15242_2


Tomb relief of Barnebo son of Nargeta in Roman dress

Geography: From Palmyra, Syria
Period: Roman Imperial period
Date: about 100-200 AD
Medium:Limestone, inscribed "Alas! Barnebo, son of Bargeta, son of Barnebo."
47.0 x 40.6 x 20.3 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Walter Massey
Object number: 953X94.4
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
DescriptionThe 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, in this case the inscription may be translated as "Alas! Barnebo son of Bargeta son of Barnebo".
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