Capital (abacus) from the Sanctuary of Al-lat

Excavations at the temple of Allat has yielded numerous fragments of architectural decoration in soft greyish limestone. From the stylistic and iconographic point of view, as well as on the basis of the technical handling, they are remarkably similar to those found in the so-called Foundation T in the sanctuary of Bel temple, dated to the first century BC or the very beginning of the first century AD.26 Among these elements were fragments of an abacus (the flat slab on top of a capital, supporting the architrave) decorated with the egg-and-dart pattern (Ionic kyma) and with a small head on each side.

A reconstruction model of the sanctuary of Allat. (PCMA: Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw).

  • Material: Soft greyish limestone.

  • Date: The first to mid-second centuries AD.

  • Dimensions:  H. 13 cm; W. 52 cm.

  • Excavated from: Palmyra-

  • Archaeological Mission: Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw.

  • Archaeological Museum Of Palmyra – 2011 – First floor.

Excavation Site Location.

Palmyrene portraits from the temple of Allat – Dagmara Wielgosz-Rondolino

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