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Marble stele (grave marker) of a youth and little girl with capital and finial in the form of a sphinx

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
total H. 13 ft. 10 11/16 in. (423.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911; Rogers Fund, 1921; Munsey Funds, 1936, 1938; and Anonymous Gift, 1951
Accession Number:
11.185a–d, f, g, x
  • Description

    Inscribed on the base: to dear Me[gakles], on his death, his father with his dear mother set [me] up as a monument

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed on the base: "to dear Me[gakles], on his death, his father with his dear mother set [me] up as a monument."

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Attica

    11.185a (shaft): Acquired 1911, purchased from M.L. Kambanis, Greece.
    11.185b (base): Acquired 1911, purchased from M.L. Kambanis, Greece.
    11.185c (akroterion): Acquired 1911, purchased from M.L. Kambanis, Greece.
    11.185- (part of youth's shoulder and arm): Acquired 1921, purchased from M.L. Kambanis, Greece.
    11.185d,x (capital and crowning sphinx): Acquired 1936 and 1938.
    11.185f,g (fragments of inscription): 1951, purchased by an anonymous donor from T. Zoumboulakis, Greece; acquired October 1951, gift of the anonymous donor.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 203-5, figs. 121-22.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 231-34, figs. 158-59.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 231-34, figs. 158-59.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 134, 273, pl. 113.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 15, pp. 11-13, pls. 15-18.

    Dohrn, Tobias. 1957. Attische Plastik vom Tode des Phidias bis zum Wirken der grossen Meister des iv. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. Krefeld: Scherpe, no. 46 , pp. 94, 234.

    Pfohl, Gerhard. 1964. Monument und Epigramm: Studien zu den metrischen Inschriften der Griechen. Nuremburg: Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, p. 60, fig. 4.

    Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1966. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 7. Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, p. 485, fig. 591.

    Robertson, Martin and Cambridge University Press. 1975. A History of Greek Art, Vols. 1 and 2. Cambridge, England, pp. 108-12, pl. 29a.

    Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. Karlsruhe: Müller, no. 16, pp. 30-31 .

    Reuterswärd, Patrik. 1980. Studien zur Polychromie der Plastik. Stockholm: Bokförlaget Svenska, p. 78.

    Oakley, John H., Lesley A. Beaumont, H. Alan Shapiro, and Jenifer Neils. 2003. "Death and the Child." Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past, Jenifer Neils, John H. Oakley, and Katherine Hart, eds. New Haven: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, pp. 179-80, fig. 19.

    Oakley, John H., Olga Palagia, and H. Alan Shapiro. 2009. "Children in Athenian Funerary Art During the Peloponnesian War." Art in Athens During the Peloponnesian War, Olga Palagia, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 213, 234, n. 18.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 65.

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