Relief with two eagles

Roman Provincial
Late Republican or Early Imperial Period
about 50 B.C.–A.D. 130


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 294; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 55 x 52 x 8 cm (21 5/8 x 20 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

68.582

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This monument is a freestanding entity, but it could have formed part of a larger architectural unit, a commemorative or funerary setting. Two eagles are presented in the heraldic pose widely circulated in the eastern Mediterranean on coins of the Ptolemies of Egypt and the Seleucids of Syria. The birds stand in a curved niche on a projecting base decorated with a sort of braid pattern, as if to suggest the top of a basket or ceremonial crown. The modeling is bold and simple, and the patina of the limestone gives the sculpture a highly pleasing appearance.
The relief is chipped along the right side and bottom. The surfaces have a color as much orange as yellow.

Provenance

Said to be from Syria and to have been acquired in Beirut; by 1967: with Milhem Bilem, Byblos; 1967: purchased by Richard R. Wagner from Milhem Bilem; loaned by Richard R. Wagner to MFA, April 26, 1967 as 72.67; gift of Richard R. Wagner to MFA, September 11, 1968

Credit Line

Gift of Richard R. Wagner