09 février 2017

Funerary bust: the so-called Beauty of Palmyra, Palmyrene, anonymous maker, 190–210 CE

Funerary bust: the so-called Beauty of Palmyra, Palmyrene, anonymous maker, 190–210 CE. Limestone. 21.6 x 16.1 in. (55 x 41 cm). Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, 2795. Photo: Ole Haupt Representing an unnamed woman referred to as "The Beauty of Palmyra," this female is exceptional for her physiognomy and the abundance and detailed rendering of her jewels. The distinctive eyes, along with the full cheeks and lips, suggest that she represents a foreigner who originated from India. Traces of ochre and red on the limestone indicate... [Lire la suite]

09 février 2017

Funerary bust: unidentified Palmyrene woman, Palmyrene, anonymous maker, 190–210 CE

Funerary bust: unidentified Palmyrene woman, Palmyrene, anonymous maker, 190–210 CE. Limestone. 15.7 x 19 in. (48.5 x 40 cm). Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, 1068. Photo: Ole Haupt With the left hand grasping her veil and the right hand holding a loop of the veil, this unknown Palmyrene woman is eloquently depicted in three-quarter view. Her abundant jewelry and elegant turban underscore her privileged status.
09 février 2017

Relief dedicated by Ba'alay to Bel, Baalshamin, Yarhibôl, and Aglibôl, Palmyrene, anonymous maker, dated January 121 CE

Relief dedicated by Ba'alay to Bel, Baalshamin, Yarhibôl, and Aglibôl, Palmyrene, anonymous maker, dated January 121 CE. Limestone. 45 x 54 x 9.5 cm. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, 1992–13. Photo: Gérard Blot. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY An inscription in the lower register of this relief names four gods, but it is through iconographic analysis that the figures can be identified. On the far left is a bearded and seated Baalshamin, with a bull by his side and holding in his left hand a staff topped by stalks of wheat. Bel, on... [Lire la suite]