Lot 108: Roman Inscribed Figural Stele
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st century BC-1st century AD. A carved marble stele with bilinear arch, facing female bust with left hand raised to the cheek, draped mantle and curly hair; below, a short text in elaborate seriffed capitals 'DOMINI TYRI: / ECCE: TYRVS' (masters of Tyre, behold Tyre"). 12.2 kg, 31.5cm (12 1/2"). Property of a gentleman; from a Mayfair, London, UK, gallery; formerly in a 1970s collection. The city of Tyre in Lebanon became a Roman province in 64 BC. The Bible states that Jesus visited the region of Tyre and Sidon, where he healed a Gentile (Matthew 15:21; Mark 7:24"). Many people gathered to hear his teaching. A Christian congregation was founded here in the mid-1st century AD.
Condition Report: Fine condition, some abrasion. Rare.