Relief with two eagles
Late Republican or Early Imperial Period
about 50 B.C.–A.D. 130
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 294; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).
Height x width x depth: 55 x 52 x 8 cm (21 5/8 x 20 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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
Gift of Richard R. Wagner