Painted limestone funerary slab with a soldier standing at ease
2nd half of 3rd century B.C.
H.: 15 x 3 1/2 in. (38.1 x 8.9 cm)
Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
A soldier wearing a long blue cloak stands alone, with a spear in his right hand and a tall ovoid shield at his left. Celtic groups from Europe migrated eastward in 279 B.C. and established independent kingdoms in Thrace and central Asia Minor. Known as Galatians, they were used extensively as mercenary soldiers. Inscriptions identifying at least three Galatian soldiers who must have served under the Ptolemies occur on loculus slabs in the rather simple tomb found in 1884.
Inscription: Found in 1884 in a tomb near Alexandria
Found in 1884 in a tomb in Alexandria, Egypt (near Ramleh)
1884, found in a tomb in Alexandria, Egypt; 1884, purchased by Elbert E. Farman, New York; after 1887, purchased by Darius Ogden Mills from Elbert E. Farman; until 1904, collection of Darius Ogden Mills; acquired in 1904, gift of D.O. Mills.
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