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Votive relief inscribed "to the Carian god"

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The forms of the letters, as well as the carving, suggest a date early in the third century A.D. A young horseman, with his hair done up in Apollo's topknot, carries a double axe over his left shoulder and proceeds toward a polos-crowned goddess. This form of the mother goddess Cybele is...

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Inscription

ΓΛΥΚΩΝΙΑΝΟC ΛΥCΑΝΙΟΥ ΘΕW ΚΑΡΙW ΕΥΧΗΝ

Provenance

By 1969: with Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W1 (Sotheby and Co. auction, July 1, 1969, lot 113); by 1970: Robert E. Hecht, Jr. Collection; gift to MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., March 11, 1970

Credit Line

Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, 2nd–3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 289.

Dimensions

Height x width: 35.6 x 41.3 cm (14 x 16 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1970.234

Medium or Technique

Marble, possibly from southwest Asia Minor

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture