Abila - Tomb L-5 / Q-13

I photographed the Roman wall paintings in tomb L-5 (Americaan numbering system) / Q-13 (French numbering system) during 1982 and revisited the tomb during the North Jordan Survey in 2014. Barbet (1994) designated this tomb as Tombeau des Femmes Voilées. This image taken in 2014 of the wall painting of the two veiled mourners.

Roman painting of the veiled women painted in tomb Q-14 (Abila), summer 1982.


Closeup of the Roman painting of the veiled women painted in tomb Q-14 (Abila), summer 1982.


Michael Fuller making notes on the Roman paintings in tomb Q-14 (Abila), summer 1982.


Roman wall painting of a fish in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 1982.


Greek inscription on the wall of tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 1982. Barbet (1994) translates the text as a memorial to Marcia, daughter of Sosibios. The date of her death is given as the 21st day of the month of Dustros in the year AD 215.


Roman wall paintings in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 1982.


Roman wall painting of a nesting bird in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 1982.


Roman wall painting of a nesting bird in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 2014.


Closeup on the Roman wall painting of a nesting bird in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 2014.


Roman wall paintings in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 1982.


Roman wall painting of a peacock in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 1982.


Roman wall painting in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 1982.


Roman painting of a fluted column in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 2014.


Roman paintings and loculi in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 2014.


Roman paintings and loculi in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 2014.


Roman paintings and loculi in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 2014.


Roman paintings and loculi in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 2014.


Roman paintings and loculi in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 2014.


Roman paintings and loculi in tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 2014.


Roman paintings over the doorway into tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 1982. This panel was removed to the city museum of Irbid, Jordan.


Drawing of the Roman paintings over the doorway into tomb Q-13 (Abila), summer 1982. This illustration was used in my dissertation (Fuller 1987:172).

Barbet, Alix
1994 Les peintures des nécropoles romaines d'Abila et du nord de la Jordanie. P. Geuthner, Paris.

Fuller, Michael J.
1987 Abila of the Decapolis : a Roman-Byzantine city in Transjordan. Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Anthopology dissertation.
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