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Funerary doorstone for Damas

Type of monument:
Funerary doorstone.
Aşağı Küçükhasan (Axylon): not recorded.
Marble doorstone, originally with three doors (right-hand door missing). Left and central doors with four panels, each with door-knocker in upper left panel and key-plate in upper right panel. In each of the lower panels of left-hand door, flower with schematic leaves above and below; in each of the lower panels of right-hand door, diamond with flower at centre. Gabled pediment above each door, each with boss in centre, half-palmette acroteria at left and right, and palmette at top. Between the doors, vine-branches and bunches of grapes in relief. Above, garlands in high relief suspended between bucrania. In the loop of the left-hand garland, round boss; in the loop of the central garland, eagle standing facing forwards, head turned to left. At top, cyma moulding; line 1 of inscription on lower (convex) part of moulding, line 2 below.
Ht. 1.87; W. 1.70+ (originally c. 2.10); Th. 0.30 (top), 0.25 (bottom); letters 0.030-0.040.
WMC notebook copy; photograph (1954/33).
AD 150-200 (doorstone type).

Μενέφρων Δαμᾷ υἱῷ πεφιλημένῳ ὑπὸ πάσης ψυχῆς δ[ιὰ (e.g.) τοὺς τρόπους]
καὶ κάλλος καὶ ἡλικίαν ⟨μ⟩νήμη⟨ς⟩ χάριν.
Line 2: ΝΝΗΜΗ lap.
Menephron (set this up) for his son Damas, beloved by every soul b[ecause of his (e.g.) manners] and beauty and (youthful) age, in memoriam.

For the combination of qualities – (manners), beauty and youth – compare I.Sinope 176, [εὐγ]ε̣ν̣ὴ̣ς̣ τὸν τ̣ρ̣[ό]π̣ο̣ν̣ καὶ τὸ κάλλος ο̣ὐκ̣ ἄσημος, νέος τὴν ἡλικίαν; cf. also MAMA XI 278 (1956/152: Zıvarık [Altınekin]), κάλλος ἔχουσ᾿ ἐρατινὸν καὶ φρένας ἡλικίαν τε ἡδυλόγου κούρης. The doorstone type is comparable to that of Typ G or K Amorion (Waelkens 1986: 206) and Typ G or K Petara (Waelkens 1986: 224). For the garlands with bucrania above the doors, compare Waelkens 1986: 228-9, nos. 587-8.

Küçükhasan is a village in the plain of Çeltik, on the shore of the small reedy Akgöl. Another funerary monument and a votive bomos to Meter Tetraprosopos (cf. MAMA XI 131 [1956/22]) were copied at the village of Küçükhasan by Anderson 1899: 303, nos. 237-8; both were said to come from a site called Kale, fifty minutes SSW of the village on the north slope of Seyfiören Dagı (cf. Anderson 1897-8: 61). No name can be assigned to the ancient site.


MAMA XI 218 (Axylon 18: 1954-33)

MAMA XI 218 (Axylon 18: 1954-33)