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Portrait of Roman woman on grave altar

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Portrait of a Roman woman on the tomb altar
Portrait of Roman woman on grave altar

Portrait of a Roman woman on the grave altar. Under the bust of a woman, there is an inscription: “To the spirits of the dead. Lucius Annius Festus, for the most saintly Cominia Tyche, his most chaste and loving wife, who lived 27 years, 11 months, and 28 days, and also for himself and for his descendants”. 

Cominia on portrait has a luxuriant hairstyle, which proves the great interest of the Romans in this fashion during the Flavian dynasty (69-96 CE). The inscription itself emphasizes piety and purity – values from the Romans’ point of view, very important and due to women. The jug and cake stand (shallow bowl with a handle) on the sides of the monument refer to the common practice of sacrifice in honor of the dead.

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