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Loculus slab in two pieces with partially preserved painting. A typical painted scene of a soldier’s funerary banquet is set within a brown frame that suggests the depth of a sculpted stele. The deceased is reclining on a dining couch (kline) wearing a long beige garment and a crown of leaves. His elbow rests on a burgundy cushion: he holds a metal cup in his left hand and extends his right hand towards a pedestal table on which lie cakes. His face is in profile and he looks at a small servant at the end of the couch. This latter wears a short tunic and is also crowned for the banquet: he holds a ladle for serving wine. The dining couch has a blue mattress and a burgundy cover that hangs down between the feet. The pedestal table has three feet in the shape of animal paws. Above the two figures one can make out partially preserved greaves (knemides), a plumed helmet and traces of paint that could have depicted a sword hanging in its sheath. The shield is not visible, but may have been represented in the left-hand corner of the scene, which is now destroyed. This scene ennobles the dead and venerates him as a hero.
Second half of the 3rd century – beginning of the 2nd century BCE
A.-M. Guimier-Sorbets, « Believing in afterlife in Hellenistic and Roman Alexandria. A study of some funerary paintings », dans Chr. S. Zerefos, M.V. Vardinoyannis, Hellenistic Alexandria. Celebrating 24 centuries (Athènes, 2017), Oxford, 2018, p. 87-94.
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