Decorated Stone Panel Depicting A Winged Victory


This decorated stone panel was original used as vertical separation between the line of individual wall barriers inside of the Palmyrene tombs. Winged figures, very often in pairs, representing victory and referred to as winged victories, were common in Roman official iconography, typically hovering high in a composition, and often filling spaces in spandrels of arches or other gaps in architecture like in the case of Palmyrene tombs. These represent the spirit of victory, justice and grace rather than the goddess herself. It is a common decorative motive in Palmyren art in general and Palmyren funeral are in particular. We see more examples of these images painted in the main front wing inside of the the tomb of the three brothers (Southern valley of the tombs). The winged victory here is carrying the image of the diseased portrait-ed inside of a disk on top of her head. The features of the diseased is badly damaged.

  • Material: Limestone.

  • Date: 2ed century AD

  • Item Approximate Dimensions:  H. 170 cm’s x 35 cm’s

  • Excavated from: Palmyra- Northern city wall

  • Archaeological Mission: The Syrian archaeological mission – Excavations of the North city wall

  • Archaeological Museum Of Palmyra – 2011

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