A PALMYRENE LIMESTONE BUST OF A MAN
CIRCA MID 2ND CENTURY A.D.
From a funerary relief, the deceased depicted wearing a mantle over a tunic, his left hand holding a scroll, his right clutching the folds of his garment, with a short wavy beard, his hair arranged in two tiers of thick spiral curls, his large heavy-lidded eyes below arching brows, the irises and pupils articulated, his straight mouth with thin lips, a five-line inscription to the right reading, "Malchion son of Rb(?) Bel'aqab, alas!," traces of red pigment preserved
21½ in. (54.6 cm.) high