Funerary relief of a woman, from Palmyra (PAL0201)

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Title

Funerary relief of a woman, from Palmyra (PAL0201)

Description

A limestone funerary relief from Palmyra showing the deceased in a robe and headdress, with elaborate jewelry (especially diadem, earrings and brooch). In her left hand she holds a spindle and distaff, tools often associated with women's trade and the household economy. The inscription in the upper left has not been deciphered.

Source

Palmyra

Publisher

Metropolitan Museum, http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/322367

Date

1st c. CE - 2nd c. CE

Rights

Metropolitan Museum Open Access Program

Format

Limestone

Language

Palmyrene

Identifier

PAL0201

Funerary relief Item Type Metadata

Dimensions

50.8 cm
38 cm

Description

Frontal portrait with local dress and jewelry typical of women's portraiture in Palmyra. Long locks of hair indicated behind the ears and on shoulder. Exaggerated eyes with concentric circles for pupils.

Location of Inscription

Upper left portion of relief background.

Letters

Palmyrene script

Findspot

Palmyra. Acquired in New York, 1901.

Current Location (if known)

Metropolitan Museum (01.25.1)

Selected Bibliography

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/322367

Citation

“Funerary relief of a woman, from Palmyra (PAL0201),” WIRE: Women in the Roman East Project, accessed April 23, 2018, http://wireproject.org/items/show/78.

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