Funerary portrait of an elegant upper-class Palmyrene woman
Funerary portrait of an elegant upper-class Palmyrene woman.
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. Beneath her veil she wears a high rolled elaborately decorated turban with rosettes and pearls apparently sewn on. The jewelry represented in this base relief was once gilded. certain other parts were embellished with paint, traces of which can still be seen. The gilding and painting of certain elements were an expression of the deceased woman’s wealth, which would have been closely linked to the social status that she and her family enjoyed in Palmyrene society.
Date: 200 – 230 AD
Excavated from: Tomb of Shalam Al’Lat; Valley of the Tombs.
Archaeological Mission: The Syrian Arcaeological Mission – Adnan Al Bunni & Nasib Slaibi (1957)
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