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Marble statue of a woman

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
late 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
H. 181.61 cm. (71 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.210.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
This large figure probably was part of a group of funerary statues that were placed within a deep, covered niche. The back of the drapery is not carefully finished as it would not have been visible. The production of such elaborate grave monuments with large-scale statues came to an end in Attica in 317 or 307 B.C. when Demetrios of Phaleron, the governor of Athens, issued a law prohibiting ostentatious display by wealthy families.
Said to have been found near Athens

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1910--III. Sculptures, Bronzes, and Terra Cottas." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(4): pp. 91-2, fig. 2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 143, 283, pl. 123b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 201, p. 104, pls. 142, 143a-b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Bol, Peter C. 2007. Die Geschichte der antiken Bildhauerkunst III: Hellenistische Plastik. pp. 9, 21, 24,-5, 67, pl. 8, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

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