Funerary relief of a butcher and a woman

Funerary relief of a butcher and a woman

Date mid-2nd century CE

Movement Roman

Medium Marble

Dimensions 13.5 x 26.5″

Housed at Staatliche Kunstammlungen, Dresden


The abstract qualities of figures continues into the area of non-elite art as well—here, the butcher and woman’s bodies are squat and stocky, and their figures and qualities have been unnaturalistically emphasized (the butcher’s head being too large for his body, for example). The primary function of this style is believed to be enhanced legibility of the subject matter.