Funerary Base-relief Of A Woman With A Child


Some funeral reliefs in Palmyra show the deceased accompanied by a sister or the wife. Sometimes the mother is depicted with one or other of her children holding a bunch or a bird in her hand. To the left of this woman, the stele is decorated with a shroud suspended from a round wall lamp where a palm is taken. The shroud symbolizes separation but the palm is a sign of victory; victory over death. Above the shroud, an inscription of four lines mentions: “Atam and Malko, son of Shalam Allate son of Briki”, and we therefore see that a filiation exists between the bas-reliefs of the priest Mokimo and that of this woman who was found in the same grave. (*)

  • Material: Limestone

  • Date: First half of the second century CE

  • Item Dimensions: 58 cm (H) x 442 cm (W) x 24 cm (D)

  • Excavated from: Palmyra-

  • Archaeological Mission:

  • Archaeological Museum Of Palmyra – 2011 (Inv: B. 2692/9094)

Excavation Site Location

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(*) K.A Syria Memory And Civilization | Institute Of The Arabic World – Paris

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