A Roman marble votive plaque
Lot 68W
A Roman marble votive plaque
Sold for £ 11,250 (US$ 14,805) inc. premium

Antiquities

3 Apr 2014, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A Roman marble votive plaque
Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Of rectangular form, inscribed in Greek to, 'the august Syrian goddess, Aphrodite also of Synodokuchina, Pamphilus, and Pamphilus and Agathonymus his sons, by the agency of Philaenis, dedicated this dining-room from their own resources', 14in (36cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    French private collection, formed during the 19th century, thence by descent.

    Literature:
    The 'Syrian Goddess' referred to in the plaque was the Roman name for Atargatis, the Syrian mother-goddess also known as Aphrodite Derceto, whose cult spread widely throughout the ancient world. The 'dining-room' room also referred to here means in its most basic sense a room with three couches, but would have been used for ritualistic purposes.
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