Celtic Limestone Stele

Culture: Gallo-Roman
Period: 1st century B.C. to 1st century A.D.
Material: Limestone
Dimensions: 44.5 cm x 39 cm
Price: 16 000 Euro
Ref: 5129
Provenance: From an old French collection, auctioned in an auction house in Bordeaux. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Unrestored
Description: A rare limestone stele with a central alcove depicting a married couple. Left the woman with a long tunica and a crossed belt in front of the chest. She wears a headcover. The man with a beard and also long vestment. The arms of both hanging down sideways along the body and seem to slightly touch each other in the middle. The man holds in his outer hand a long object with a round opening, possibly a patera. The heads square, with narrowly set eyes and deeply engraved brows. The legs thin and short. Below the figures three letters (initials?). In the upper corner rosettes. Found in southeast France. See for the depiction of the faces and figures the Gallo-Roman steles in the archaeological musem in Soulosse-sous-Saint-Elophe. Rare. Mounted.