Funerary bas-relief of a young woman with a child.


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 Inscription above the left shoulder is partly missing. Whoever it seems likely that the child she’s holding with her left arm is one that she lost during childbirth. The sober manner in which the figure presented contrasts with the exuberant display of wealth to be seen in other other bas-reliefs of female figures.

  • Material: Hard Limestone.

  • Item Dimensions: 45, 24, 27 cm

  • Date: 150 AD.

  • Excavated from : Palmyra – Temple Of Al’Lat

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

  • Archaeological Museum Of Palmyra – 2011

Excavation Site Location

Palmyra’s 2ed Century Funeral Art

Syria Land Of Civilization: Syrian Ministry Of Culture in Cooperation with Museum Of Civilization; Quebec

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

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