Bas-relief of a funeral banquet scene ( ‘Alaineh family”) Museum of Copinhagen
During the second century and above all, in the third century, large bas-reliefs showing a banquet scene with an entire family and their servants became a very popular form of decoration in the hypogea and tower tombs of Palmyra. They were usually placed at the end of the corridor. the principal figure in such banquet scene is always a man, presented on the right. He is shown reclining on a banquet couch, holding a drinking cup with his left arm supported by cushions. to the left of the relief, his mother or wife sits on the couch. A couple of other banqueters are sometimes shown lying side by side on the couch as well. The dead man’s wife is often represented behind her husband’s shoulder. Servants, children and other members of the family may also be placed in the background or beneath the scene.
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