12 December 2002
A PALMYRENE LIMESTONE RELIEF
Circa Mid 3rd Century A.D.
Depicting the rider god Abgal, advancing towards a worshipper at an altar, the god clad in a trousers, a patterned robe and flowing cloak, his nimbate head turned frontal, holding a spear and a shield, his quiver attached to the saddle, the worshipper in similar garments, clutching the handle of his sword in his left hand, his right hand lowered over an altar, an indiscernible inscription running vertically between them identifying the worshipper, perhaps as ADYNT, known from other inscriptions as a Roman official named Septimius Odeinath, another inscription running horizontally along the plinth dating the piece to an illegible month in the year equivalent to 256-257 A.D.
23½ in. (59.7 cm) wide
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For a related relief showing two rider gods flanking a worshipper see no. 43 in Colledge, The Art of Palmyra.
Part of the inscription reads, "Nebuza, son of Kaftut, steward of Odeinath, the consul."
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