This item was excavated from Breiki – Family tomb where the founder Breiki Bin Amresha and according to the inscriptions found in the tomb, was originally a member of the Palmyrene senates council. The facade bears images for four of the tomb members; two women and two male figures wearing their priesthood cylindrical hats. An Aramaic text mentioning the identity of the deceased is inscribed under each of the four half figures. The upper part of the sarcophagus is missing. It usually holds the typical “funeral banquet scene”; a sculpture scene depicting the head of the family with a favored objects and/or events that brought joy to him during his lifetime. More often it is the big member of the family surrounded with his wife and children in a festive scene typically called the funeral banquet.
Date: 2ed C CE
Excavated from: Palmyra- Breiki Family Tomb
Archaeological Mission: Syrian Archaeological Mission; Khalid Al Asaad 1988
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