Funerary Stele Showing a Banquet Scene from Thasos

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 May 2018

This marble funerary stela depicts a banquet scene. The deceased is shown at the center of the stele. He reclining on a couch. His right arm is raised, expecting a wine cup, which is being filled by a young boy standing on the left side. In front of the boy, there is a large dinos containing wine. Behind the deceased, a woman sits on an elaborate chair. Her right arm, holding an object, appears to fill in an alabaster held by her left hand. A dog, below the couch, eats food on the floor (which has fallen from the deceased's couch). Above, a mirror, a pelta, and a Corinthian helmet can be seen. Classical Period, Circa 480-450 BCE. From Thasos, in modern-day Greece. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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