Grave Stela


Location: On Display in the Greece Gallery

From: Greece | Attica

Curatorial Section: Mediterranean

Object Number MS4020
Current Location Greece Gallery - On Display
Culture Greek
Provenience Greece | Attica
Period Classical Greek Period | Hellenistic Period
Date Made 350-300 BCE
Section Mediterranean
Materials Marble (Stone)
Technique Carved

Intact except for the top part: broken off horizontally at level of base of neck of the two standing figures. Three figures. At right woman seated on a klismos facing left in profile, her right arm clasping the extended right hand of a standing male figure ca. 3/4 view facing her; both are in relatively high relief. The woman's feet rest on a low footstool. Her left forearm rests on her thigh. She wears a chiton, apparently with a cloak loosely wrapped down her left arm and over her left thigh. The man wears only a cloak, draped over his left shoulder, covering him completely except for his chest and right arm. His left hand is raised to grasp the cloak just below the shoulder. Immediately to the left of the head of the seated woman, in very low relief, the lower neck and chest of a second woman, evidently standing, wearing a chiton also and a cloak whose folds she raises with her left hand to the level of her upper chest. The two edges of the stele are carefully finished, with chisel marks, On each edge is a hole 0.01m. in diam. drilled horizontally into the thickness of the stele. Remains of wood (or iron?) in one hole. A "frame" 0.07m. wide on the right side of the relief beside the chair. No frame on the other side. Below the scene is a roughly finished area 0.17m. high for insertion. White marble, probably Pentelic, somewhat patinated.

Height 105 cm
Width 59 cm
Thickness 13.5 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Paul Arndt, Subscription of Mrs. Lucy Wharton (Joseph) Drexel, 1904

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