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Marble plaque with funerary inscription

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (23.5 x 32.4 x 4.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.248.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The inscription records the death of a woman called Lollia Genialis and says that the plaque was set up by her mother, Lollia Sameramis, who describes herself as infelicissima (most unfortunate). Such superlatives appear frequently in funerary inscriptions and provide insight into personal emotions such as the deep sense of loss felt by grieving parents.
Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 201, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

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