Fragment of funerary (sarcophagus ?) relief

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: Syria, Palmyra

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 407.


Height: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Dana Estes