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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
,
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."
Provenance
Semitic Museum, Cambridge, MA, (by 1941), transfer; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1998.
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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