Mortuary Statue


From: Syria | Palmyra

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number B8912
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Roman
Provenience Syria | Palmyra
Section Near Eastern
Materials Limestone
Technique High Relief
Iconography Woman

CBS Register: fragment, slab in limestone, mortuary stone. In high relief, bust of a woman.

Romano: "Female bust in high relief wearing a diadem, turban, and veil. The hair is drawn back from the sides of the face in sharp ridges and disappears into the veil. The diadem is rendered in low relief with two square registers separated by a narrow vertical element in the center with raised balls. Above the diadem are the folds of a turban, and over the top of this is a veil falling to the sides of the head. The woman wears a tunic rendered with looping ridges on the chest. She wears a mantle over her shoulders, looped from the right side over the left shoulder, forming a deep pocket over the chest in which her crossed arms are muffled. The bust tapers to below the muffled arms. The folds of the mantle are rendered as deep ridges, with deep gouges for the area over the arms. A beaded necklace rests just above the neckline of the undergarment. The face is rectangular with broad planes for cheeks; well-defined eyes with an incised brow above a brow ridge. The upper eyelids are rolled ridges and the iris is raised with an incised perimeter and a deep depression for pupil. Long straight nose; finely shaped mouth, slightly off-center. No ears or earrings rendered."

Credit Line Babylonian Expedition to Nippur II, 1890
Other Number P263729 - CDLI Number

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