Funerary Relief of the Gessii

Funerary Relief of the Gessii

Date ca. 50 BCE

Movement Roman

Medium Marble

Dimension 25.5″ x 80.5″ x 13.125”

Housed at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Freed slaves often commissioned works of themselves that were then placed as funerary markers on roadsides. These often included symbols of their new status (a ring, or wife, for example).