Ancient Roman Memorial Stele

Ancient Roman Memorial Stele

Item Number: 10810


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Period: 2nd c. CE
Material: Possibly marble
Condition: Very good, commensurate with age
Region: Asia Minor (Western Mediterranean)
Provenance: From an old English collection; bought in London in the 1980’s by present owner
A child depicted with his/her mother. These pieces were used to commemorate the dead in Roman times. Their normal (in fact, mandated) treatment was to leave the monument to the dead in the city but remove the bodies to interment in a countryside cemetery outside the sacred boundary of the city. Even cremation was outlawed within the city boundaries in an effort to keep disease at bay.
This piece shows signs of weathering and abrasion commensurate with its age. From Black Sea.

Inscribed on base to commemorate the dead:
On second line