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    Sale 5432

    Old Master & British Pictures

    29 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 140

    Circle of Guy Head (Carlisle 1762-1800 London)

    Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, in chains

    Price Realised  

    Circle of Guy Head (Carlisle 1762-1800 London)
    Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, in chains
    oil on canvas
    49 x 35 in. (124.5 x 88.9 cm.)


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    Zenobia was a Syrian Queen of the Palmyrine Empire in the 3rd Century A.D. She conquered Egypt, briefly reigning until 274 when she was taken as a hostage to Rome by the Roman Emperor Lucius Domitius Aurelianus (270-275). She was presented in chains in Aurelian's military triumph parade, when he officially freed her, granting her an elegant villa in Tibur (now Tivoli, Italy).

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