University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: B8911
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Roman
Provenience: Syria
Palmyra
Period: Roman Period
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Limestone
Iconography:Female Head
Credit Line:Babylonian Expedition to Nippur II, 1890, 1990

Description

CBS Register: head of a woman in limestone, part of a Palmyrenian mortuary slab.

Romano: "Female head from a relief in frontal position wearing a diadem, turban, and veil. Sitting low on the forehead is a diadem with vertical divisions, above which are the folds of a turban, over which is a veil which falls beside the head. The hair is visible on the sides of the face, drawn back in strands and disappearing under the veil. She wears earrings composed of a ball at the earlobe and a larger ball pendant from a vertical element. Square face with full cheekbones; low, flat forehead with inscribed arching eyebrows above a brow crease. The eyes are well defined with a thickened ridge for the upper lid, a raised circle for the iris, inscribed around the edge, and a drilled dot for the pupil. Well-shaped nose; small mouth with deep creases at outer edges; small jutting chin; thick, flattish neck."


Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Collection] 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. 286, no. 133View Objects cited in this Publication

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