Bas-relief of Aqma Daughter of Atelena Hajeuja.

Bas-relief of Aqma Daughter of Atelena Hajeuja.


This woman is wearing her hair piled up in an ornate Roman style of chignon, called”melon rib.” which became fashionable in the middle of the second century AD and continued into the third century. The jewelry represented in this base relief was once gilded. certain other parts were embellished with paint, traces of which can still be seen. The gilding and painting of certain elements were an expression of the deceased woman’s wealth, which would have been closely linked to the social status that she and her family enjoyed in Palmyrene society. The inscription gives us her name and reads: “Aqma, Daughter Of Atelena Hajeuja alas.

  • Material: Hard Limestone.

  • Item Dimensions: 64, 46, 29 cm.

  • Date: 150 AD.

  • Excavated from Mubarak son of Amricha. Founded in 98 AD – The southwest necropolis.

  • Archaeological Mission: Syrian archaeological mission (Khalid Asaad).

  • Archaeological Museum Of Palmyra – 2011

Excavation Site Location

Title: Palmyrene funerary reliefs. Publisher: Wikipedia

Title: Palmyrene Funerary Portraiture. Publisher: Khan Academy

Palmyra’s 2ed Century Funeral Art

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Photo ref; Credits Syria, land of civilizations (Michel Fortin, Musée de la civilisation (Québec).

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