Abila - Tomb Q-4

Neathery Fuller at the entrance to tomb Q-4 that is called Tombeau de Candélabres by Barbet (1994). The painted tomb was excavated for the Jordanian Department of Antiquities during 1959 by Hassan Awad Qutshan. A basalt lintel and door was removed by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities.

Map from the 1980 survey of Abila showing tomb Q4 (labelled Painted Chamber on my plan) and its connection to the tomb with a Greek inscription (Tomb H-1 in the American numbering system and Q-19 in the French numbering system).


Arabic graffiti spray painted on the back wall of tomb Q-4 by a young man from Irbid. Photograph taken during the summer of 2014.


Closeup of a damaged portion of Roman wall painting in the upper portion of the tomb. The scale units are 10 cm.


Faded portion of a Roman wall painting in the upper portion of the tomb. The scale is 50 cm.


Faded and vandalized portion of a Roman wall paining in the upper portion of the tomb. The scale is 50 cm.


Closeup of the faded and vandalized portion of a Roman wall painting in the upper portion of the tomb. The scale units are 10 cm.


High contrast image of a faded Roman wall painting situated above a loculus in the upper portion of the tomb. Scale units are 10 cm. A Jordanian Department of Antiquities photograph published by Barbet (1994:Figure 75) shows this panel to be a biga (Latin, two-horse chariot) drawn by two horses; the back legs of the horses are still visible.

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