Mortuary Statue


Location: On Display in the Eastern Mediterranean Gallery

From: Syria | Palmyra

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

View All (8) Object Images

Object Number B8905
Current Location Eastern Mediterranean Gallery - On Display
Culture Roman
Provenience Syria | Palmyra
Date Made 3rd century CE
Section Near Eastern
Materials Limestone
Technique High Relief
Iconography Woman | Inscription

CBS Register: Fragment, slab in limestone, morturary stone. In high relief, bust of woman with Palmyrene inscription to the left of her head. Reddist color partly preserved.

Romano: "Square inscribed loculus relief with bust of woman in frontal position. Right arm is bent across front of body; left arm is bent grasping edge of veil. Woman is wearing tunic and mantle pinned over left shoulder with circular brooch; the mantle falls in a broad curve below the right breast and with a loop on the bare right forearm. At the forehead she wears a diadem with a palm motif in the center, with a twisted turban and a veil over the top of the head. Her hair is drawn back in locks from the sides of the face, disappearing beneath the veil. Several long locks fall over her right shoulder. She wears two necklaces: a rolled necklace with a small jewel hanging from it and a chain with crescent pendant with knobs on the ends. On the little finger of her left hand are two rings with tiny stones represented. She has cheekbones and broad, flat cheeks. The forehead is high with eyebrows on sharp ridges; prominent almond-shaped eyes, with thickened ridge for upper lid, over lapping the lower; raised circle with incision around perimeter for iris; drilled dot for pupil; emphasized lacrimal gland. Flattened bridge of nose with broad nostrils. Indentation between nose and mouth. Small mouth with thick lower lip and deep indentation separating lips; small projecting chin; strong jaw line. In the background is a dorsalium or curtain hanging from a rosette on each side with a palm branch above each. Inscription in four lines to right of head: "Yedi 'at, daughter of Si'ona, son of Taime, Alas!" Traces of pinkish red pigment on dorsalium, on inscribed letters, on diadem, and on turban."

Height 48 cm
Length 41 cm
Depth 21.5 cm
Credit Line Babylonian Expedition to Nippur II, 1890
Other Number P263722 - CDLI Number

Report problems and issues to