12 December 2002
A PALMYRENE LIMESTONE FUNERARY RELIEF
Circa Early 3rd Century A.D.
Depicting a funerary banquet scene within a border of acanthus and bead, the deceased reclining to the right, propped up on his left elbow, resting upon a pillow, a drinking cup in his left hand, wearing a himation over an embroidered tunic, his wife depicted diminutively, seated at the end of the couch, a veil covering her head in mourning, their son standing behind, a worn inscription in the field
21 in. (53.3 cm) wide
Fine Egyptian, Classical, Western Asiatic and Islamic Antiquities, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 21 May 1977, lot 220
Egyptian, Classical and Near Eastern Antiquities, Sotheby's New York, 10-11 June 1983, lot 165
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For the type, see nos. 61-62 in Colledge, The Art of Palmyra.
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