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 with bilingual inscription, "Marcus Julius Maximus Aristeides, colonist of Berytus," Palmyrene, anonymous maker, 1

Funerary bust with bilingual inscription, "Marcus Julius Maximus Aristeides, colonist of Berytus," Palmyrene, anonymous maker, 150–250 CE. Limestone. 56 x 47 x 27 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris, AO 1556. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY Typical of funerary busts from Palmyra, this figure exhibits a hybrid style with realistically carved features influenced by Roman portraiture, although the incised eyebrows arching above distinctive, off-center eyes held in a fixed gaze probably originated from... [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

Funerary bust with inscription, "Maqî son of M'anî," Palmyrene, anonymous maker, ca. 200 CE

Funerary bust with inscription, "Maqî son of M'anî," Palmyrene, anonymous maker, ca. 200 CE. Limestone. 20.5 x 14.6 x 7.1 in. (52.1 x 36.7 x 17.9 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, 88.AA.50 Detail of funerary bust with inscription, "Maqî son of M'anî," Palmyrene, anonymous maker, ca. 200 CE. Limestone. 20.5 x 14.6 x 7.1 in. (52.1 x 36.7 x 17.9 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, 88.AA.50
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]
09 février 2017

Funerary bust: Palmyrene priest, "Mariôn," Palmyrene, anonymous maker, 230–250 CE

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... [Lire la suite]