Fragment of funerary (sarcophagus ?) relief
2nd century A.D.
Place of Manufacture: Syria, Palmyra
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 407.
Height: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The relief appears to have been broken on all edges save perhaps the bottom. The surfaces are chipped.
The tiny bust is perhaps to be imagined as set against the draped couch of a much larger figure in high relief. A young man is represented. He has elaborate hair in two rows of corkscrew curls and wears a tunic with a fringed, military (?) cloak over it, the latter pinned with a circular brooch on the right shoulder. A section of the couch (?) frame with a rosette (?) in relief on it appears just beyond his right shoulder.
The inscription is carved in a rectangular plate below the bust, and there are traces of a second plate to the right, with an ornament in relief within.
Dana Estes (b. 1841 - d. 1909), Brookline, MA; 1910, gift of the estate of Dana Estes to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1910)
Gift of the Estate of Dana Estes