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Grave Relief of a Man and Child

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Grave Relief of a Man and Child, c. 150 CE
Sculpture
Roman
,
2nd century CE
Roman Imperial period, Middle
Creation Place: Palmyra (Syria)
Limestone
66 cm h x 56.5 cm w x 22 cm d (26 x 22 1/4 x 8 11/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Semitic Museum, Harvard University
, 1998.3
Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art & Numismatics
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Description
A small child stands at the young man's side on a pedestal to the left of the man's right shoulder. The man wears his hair in the combed-forward manner popular in the Roman Empire under Hadrian (125-135 CE). He has a ring with an inset stone on the smallest finger of the left hand. his costume consists of a himation over a loose chiton, the former concealing all of the right arm except for the hand and all the left arm save for the hand that holds a rotulus. The child wears a long tunic with overfold at the waist, covering both arms. He holds a cluster of fruit or a flower in the left hand.

The inscription to the right of the man reads "Male, son of Maliku, son of Bagad, Alas!: The boy's inscription reads "Maliku, his son, Alas."
Bibliography
Gandharan Art and its Classical Connections, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1983), no. 6, illus.

Cornelius C. Vermeule, III and Amy Brauer, Stone Sculptures: The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 165, no. 151

Exhibition History
Roman Gallery Installation (long-term), Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/16/1999 - 01/20/2008
Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/2007 - 01/20/2008
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