SYRIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF OF TWO BROTHERS, CIRCA 2ND CENT. A.D.

Culture: Palmyra

Date:

2nd Century A.D.

Medium:

Limestone

Condition:

Intact, excellent state of preservation, mounted on a custom base display stand.

Provenance:

Ex- Sotheby's New York, June 2011.

Dimensions:

19 x 17 1/2 in. (48.3 x 44.4 cm.)
   

Ref No.

NEA192

Keywords

2nd Century AD, Antiquities & Ancient Art, Limestone, Near Eastern Antiquities, Palmyrene

*Reserved as of 7/26/2015. Being paid for in monthly installments. 

 

Carved in high relief with two brothers joining hands, one holding a cluster of grapes, and wearing a himation with a beaded hem along the collar, the other holding a bird against his chest, and wearing chiton, himation, and bejeweled conical cap with pendant over forehead, four lines of Palmyrene inscription engraved between them translating: "Alas! Yarhai et Yaribola, sons of MLBA (?)

Cf: For children or teenagers jointly holding grapes, see M.A.R. Colledge, The Art of Palmyra, London 1976, p. 67, and fig. 73 (Ny Calsberg Glyptothek) and H. Ingholt, Studies over Palmyrensk Skulptur, Compenhagen 1928, pl. 1.2.