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Funerary bust: Palmyrene priest, "Mariôn," Palmyrene, anonymous maker, 230–250 CE. Limestone. 21.6 x 16.1 in. (55 x 41 cm). Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, 1033. Photo: Ole Haupt.

Identified by the Palmyrene inscription on the upper left of the limestone slab, this figure, holding a sprig of laurel, represents the priest Mariôn, whose priestly status is indicated by his modius (official flat-topped hat). In contrast to usual depictions of oval faces on male funerary busts from Palmyra, Mariôn's distinctive narrow face and square jaw suggest that the sculptor took great care to capture his individual character.