Funerary portrait of Moqimu

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 150–200

Place of Manufacture: Syria, Palmyra

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 399; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


Height x width: 58.5 x 42 cm (23 1/16 x 16 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Antioch Mosaic Gallery (Gallery 214)


The Ancient World



Nose and lips are damaged, and the background is cut or broken irregularly on the man’s left. Otherwise the preservation is good.

This young to middle-aged man has his ample locks arranged in large, tight curls around the forehead and over the ears. He also wears a beard of smaller, simple curls. His half-figure bust is clothed in a chiton and ample himation. He holds a key or a document (?) , marked or sealed with an incised X, in his left hand, a signet ring on the little finger.

His ears are not fully carved out, suggesting these and other details were finished in paint. He has a strong face, characterized by rope-like eyebrows, a wrinkled forehead, and an incised mustache and whiskers under the lower lip.

[Label text]:
Inscribed: “Moqimu, son of Elahbel, son of Harian, son of Gaddha ‘Alas’ ”


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