A PALMYRENE LIMESTONE BUST OF A WOMAN
Circa Mid 2nd Century A.D.
From a funerary relief, inscribed in Aramaic for Alijat, daughter of Mannaios, the deceased depicted wearing a tunic below a cloak which is pinned with a triangular brooch surmounted by a rosette on her left shoulder, the cloak pulled up over her head like a veil, her right hand held up to her right shoulder, her left hand gripping part of her cloak, a decorative diadem across her forehead, her hair then pulled up and bound in a cloth, wearing long double pendant earrings, a beaded choker, a longer necklace with a crescent pendant at the center, and two finger rings on her left pinky, the fleshy face with a prominent dimpled chin, sharp arching brows above large lidded eyes, the irises and pupils incised, the thin lips pursed into a slight smile, the filtrum indicated
21¼ in. (54 cm) high