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Triad of Gods from Palmyra

Mythological relief.

Religious iconography in Palmyra, situated on a principal trading route in ancient Syria, often showed a hybrid of east and west: here the oriental gods are dressed in very Roman-looking military dress.

The gods were frequently depicted in threes, or triads. The bearded Baalshamin in the centre was master of the sky; to his left is the moon god Aglibol, with Malakbel the sun god to the right. Around the figures are some graffiti, probably scratched by pilgrims much later

Location of Original: 

Paris, Louvre, AO 19801

0.57 m x 0.73 m

Robert Cook bequest. Purchased from the Louvre, 14 September 2005


Colledge: The Art of Palmyra, 44, & pl.35

Mid C1 CE

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