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Mortuary Statue

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Object Number:
B8909
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Roman
Provenience:
Syria
Palmyra
Period:
Roman Period
Section:
Near Eastern
Materials:
Limestone
Iconography:
Female Head
Description:
CBS Register: fragment, head of a woman in limestone, part of a Palmyrenian mortuary slab.

Romano: Frontal female head from a relief wearing a diadem, turban, and veil. The diadem covers most of the forehead and is divided into registers, with the central register filled with a palm in low relief. To the right and left of that are narrow registers with three flat circles, and to right and left of those are wider registers with floating leaves. Above the diadem are the folds of a wrapped turban, and over the top of that is a veil that falls to the sides of the head in a smooth surface. The hair is drawn to the sides of the face and swept upwards in thickened locks, disappearing into the veil. the figure wears earrings with a ball on the earlobe and a pendant globular element. The face is squarish with little modelling of the cheeks; low, flat forehead, inscribed eyebrows above well-defined eyes with a thickened upper lid. The iris is an inscribed circle with a drilled dot for the pupil. Long straight nose with no nostrils indicated. Small mouth with slightly parted lips; small jutting chin; thick neck."

Current & Past Exhibitions:

What In the World TV Program (01 Jan 1951 - 31 Dec 1951)
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Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Romano, Irene B. 2006. Classical Sculpture; Catalogue of the Cypriot, Greek and Roman Stone Sculpture in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 287, no. 134
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