The bust of Yarhai is a very fine example of the funerary slabs decorated with a high-relief bust of the deceased that were used to seal the loculi - the niches where the dead were placed in the tombs. The bust of Yarhai, whose name and genealogy are inscribed above his left shoulder, is striking for the subject’s extraordinarily opulent attire, with an overtunic decorated with two bands of embroidered vine-shoots where putti gather grapes.

Nature: High relief in limestone

Dimensions: H.: 52 cm; L.: 44 cm; D.: 24 cm

Origin: Palmyra

Date: Late 2nd century  CE.

Writing: Inscription in the Palmyrene alphabet

Language: Palmyrene, dialect derived from Aramaic

Inventory number: AO 2398

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