Section of Lycian votive relief
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Lycia
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 293; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).
Height x width x length: 33 x 37 x 6 cm (13 x 14 9/16 x 2 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Aphrodisias, Turkey
Not On View
The left half can be reconstructed from a small group of more complete slabs. Twelve warrior gods in Roman armor flank (six by six) a captain under a baldachin. Below, also six by six, twelve bears or wolves (?) kneel in adoration. The dedicator of the relief may have stood in another baldachin beneath that of the captain. The inscription ( Greek inscription to be added ) across the middle strip states: “To the twelve gods, according to divine command.” Below is written ( Greek inscription to be added ). Evidently so-and-so, son of Archos, dedicated it. On a relief in Istanbul the name Eros appears on the left, but his paternity is not stated.
The lower surfaces of the relief are chipped, rubbed, and somewhat more incrusted than the area with the standing figures.
University of South Florida Lab No. 8478: Isotope ratios - delta13C -0.6 / delta18O -3.5,
Attribution - Aphrodisias (city quarries), Turkey. Justification - C and O isotopes, coarse grain
By date unknown: said to be from the art market in Istanbul by way of a private collection in Switzerland; by 1963: with Petro Hanazoglu; purchased by MFA from Petro Hanazoglu, January 8, 1964
Charles Amos Cummings Bequest Fund