Funerary Relief from Palmyra of a Woman and Daughter

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 08 May 2018

This relief depicts an older woman with her daughter. They are set in a line, represented frontally, stiff, and lifeless. Both of them wear turbans and headbands. At their temples, long strands of hair are combed back and tucked into the turbans. The younger woman is dressed in a tunic which leaves her arms and shoulder open. Her shawl covers only her head and two long strands of hair fall on her chest. She does not wear any jewelry. The older woman is draped in a tunic, chiton, and shawl. She is adorned with rich jewelry in the Palmyrene fashion. The carved inscription mentions that the two figures are Salmat and her daughter Hagge. Roman Period, 200-273 CE. From Palmyra, in modern-day Syria. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).
Source of the description was taken from the book "Istanbul Archaeological Museums" by Alpay Pasinli.



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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