Abila Tomb H-6 Roman funerary statues
The salvage excavation of Tomb H-6 was directed by Dr. Robert Smith during the 1988 field season; overall work at Abila was under the responsibility of Dr. W. Harold Mare. Tomb H-6 had been robbed, but still very significant because it contained 16 locally manufactured funerary statues, Roman pottery, Roman lamps and a two Roman coins. This tomb at Abila contained more funerary statues than anyother tomb at the site.
Limestone funerary Bust 1 drawn by Robert Smith.
Limestone funerary Bust 2 drawn by Robert Smith.
Limestone funerary Bust 3 drawn by Robert Smith.
Limestone funerary Bust 4 drawn by Robert Smith.
Limestone funerary Bust 5, locus 6008-11, drawn by Robert Smith. Height = 38.5 cm, width = 23.4 cm and thickness = 8.9 cm. Weight = 6.58 kilograms. There are marks of the base of the statue that are most likely the sign of the sculpture.
Limestone funerary Bust 6 drawn by Robert Smith.
Digitized slide of limestone funerary Bust 6 and a larger bust.
Limestone funerary Bust 7 drawn by Robert Smith.
Limestone funerary Bust 7 in the Covenant Theological Seminary collection as well as a digitized slide image that was taken in the field. This limestone bust measures 28.4 cm tall, 20.3 cm wide and 10.4 cm thick. It weighs 3.87 kilograms.
Detail of the face of limestone funeary Bust 7.
Limestone funerary bust with carbon marks on the face that is in the Covenant Theological Seminary collection that is in the background of digitized slide image of H6 busts that was taken in the field. This limestone bust measures 31.8 cm tall, 26.5 cm wide with a face that is 11.7 cm wide. It weighs 3.92 kilograms.
Closeup of the limestone funerary bust in the Covenant Theological Seminary collection with carbon marking on the face.
Limestone funerary Bust 8 drawn by Robert Smith.
Limestone funerary Bust 9 drawn by Robert Smith and digitized slide image.
Contact print image of a sample of the Roman funerary statues from tomb H-6 at Abila of the Decapolis, Jordan.
Contact print image of three of the Roman funerary statues in locus 17 inside tomb H-6 at Abila of the Decapolis, Jordan.
Digitized slide of two limestone busts from tomb H-6 at Abila of the Decapolis, Jordan.
Digitized slide of a limestone bust from tomb H-6 at Abila of the Decapolis, Jordan.
Smith, Robert W.
1989 Abila Tomb Excavations 1988. Near Eastern Archaeological Society Bulletin. 32/33:21-42.
Thank you to Dr. David Chapman (Convenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis) and Dr. David Villa (John Brown University) for permission to document to work with the artifacts and records from the Abila Project. Special thanks to Cheryl Eaton to helping locate the relevant artifacts and records. A nod of appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Robert Smith for his excellent records and careful excavation of the tomb H-6.
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Updated 22 January 2018