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Finial of a marble stele (grave marker)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 525–500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
width of shaft 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm) thickness of shaft at bottom 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.179
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
The finial consists of a pair of volutes combined with a pair of palmettes, the larger on top, the smaller between the volutes. The decoration was executed in fine incised lines supplemented with color. It is important to note that motifs, colors, and techniques such as incision were shared by media as diverse as sculpture and vase-painting in Athens at the end of the sixth century B.C.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 50, 195, pl. 35d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 19, pp. 15-16, pls. 22b,d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1961. The Archaic Gravestones of Attica. pp. 40-1, 55, figs. 141, 185, 186, London: Phaidon Press.

Lazzarini, Lorenzo and Dr. Clemente Marconi. 2014. "A New Analysis of Major Greek Sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum: Petrological and Stylistic." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 49: pp. 127, 129, fig. 30.

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