Seleukia, Zeugma, 1st century AD
H: 75cm; W: 57cm
Roman travertine female naiskos type stele with rosette in the gable, a basket filled with wool and a garland above it. An inscription in Greek readsΥΓΕΙΑ ΑΛΥΠΕ ΧΑΙΡΕ (HEGHIA ALZPE HAERE) These rare nowadays stele for females is identified by the basket with wool, while male were decorated with an eagle. They are typical of the Zeugma area at the Euphrates river in ancient Seleukia. The area is now flooded for the construction of a dam. Suitable to build into a wall.
Cf. Jörg Wagner, Seleukia am Euphrat/Zeugma, Wiesbaden, 1976.
Condition: Very good. Scattered inactive fungoid stains
Provenance: ex. Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, during 19th century
Item reference: CL0339