Danube Virtual Museum

Funerary stele

Title: Funerary stele
Site: Kostolac / Viminacium
Location/Region: Kostolac-Požarevac
Chrolonology: 1 AD - 500
Museum: National Museum in Belgrade
Country: Serbia
Period: Antique period
Epoch: Roman
Culture: Roman
Closer Dating: 2nd – 3rd century AD
Material: White marble
Dimensions: 1,75 x 1,32 x 0,30 m
Production Technique: Carving
Bibliography: Mirković M. 1986, Inscriptions de la Mésie Supérieure II. Viminacium et Margum, Beograd


The upper half of the funerary stele with a gable, a field and a partially preserved relief inscription field. The head of Medusa and two lying snakes are presented in the gable. In the upper corners there are winged lying Geniuses each holding a torch. In the relief field, between two concave pillars with capitals, there is a four-wheel cart with three harnessed horses. There are three men sitting on the cart: the coachman with his legs leaning on the kingbolt on the right, behind him there is a man sitting on the quadruped chair and in the back seat there is a young man with his back turned, sitting on a bundle. Four running animals are presented in the plane: a rabbit, a dog, a dog and a bear. The inscription is engraved between the two concave pillars with capitals. Caption: D(is) M(anibus) / L. Blassius Nigellio / specul(ator) leg(ionis) VII Cl(audiae) vixit / ann(is) XXXV.