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Tomb Relief

Tomb Relief

230 CE
Overall: 55.3 x 73.7 x 18.5 cm (21 3/4 x 29 x 7 5/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

Although its findspot is unknown, this high relief almost certainly once sealed a burial niche of a mausoleum at Palmyra. It illustrates a blending of Roman and Parthian artistic traditions. Set within a sumptuous border of beads and leaves, a wealthy man awakens on a luxuriously cushioned bed as his attendant offers him a wine bowl decorated with crosshatchings. Both are dressed according to Parthian custom, wearing pants and pleated tunics, but the man’s languid pose is taken from classical prototypes. The subject is a variant of a formulaic funerary banquet scene in which proffered wine welcomes the deceased into a well-appointed afterlife.
  • by 1964
    H. Herzer & Co., Munich
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    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 26 archive.org
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    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 30 archive.org
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    Neils, Jenifer. “The Twain Shall Meet.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 72, no. 6, 1985, pp. 326–359. Reproduced: p. 334, fig. 12 www.jstor.org
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    The Twain Shall Meet. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 30, 1985-January 5, 1986).
    Year in Review (1964). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 8, 1964-January 31, 1965).
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