The inhabitants of Palmyra, an ancient Syrian caravan city at the crossroads between the Roman and the Parthian empires, embellished their tombs with distinctive funerary portraits between the first and third centuries AD. These vivid likenesses of finely dressed men, women and children, often accompanied by inscriptions naming local families, illuminate cultural exchanges taking place in the eastern Mediterranean. This installation presents sculpture from the collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen and Stanford University on long-term loan to the Getty alongside historical engravings and photographs from the Getty Research Institute.
Generously supported by Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie.
Ancient Palmyra was a flourishing center of commerce between East and West in the ancient world, but today is all but lost to time and conflict. Learn more about this ancient city with an international team of curators and archeologists working to understand and preserve this rich culture.
Pick up a multimedia player free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall.
To learn more about early travelers to Palmyra, visit the online exhibition, The Legacy of Palmyra