Funerary memorial of a Nabatean cavalryman, 2nd century, AD

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Nameofrose on January 13, 2012

Karak Castle - This is a bust of a male figure. The curled locks of hair and ribbons can be seen. The point of a spear is above his right shoulder and the head and neck of a horse over his left shoulder. Karak, Jordan

The carving is a funerary memorial to a Nabataean cavalryman, fully equipped for the afterlife, and dates from the 2nd Century AD. It is one of the many pieces of ancient masonry reused by the Crusaders in the castle. It may be significant that they placed the Nabataean so that he could be seen. Perhaps they recognized him as a fellow warrior.

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  • Uploaded on January 13, 2012
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    by Nameofrose
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-PL1
    • Taken on 2011/12/26 12:26:32
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 15.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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