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Marble votive relief fragment of goddesses, mother, nurse, and infant

late 5th century B.C.
Marble, Island
h. 10 1/2in (26.7cm); w. 8 9/16in. (21.7cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Childbirth in antiquity often resulted in the death of both the mother and infant. This small relief, which shows the mother and child alive post-partum, was presumably an offering to a healing deity such as Asklepios or Hygieia, in thanks for protection during this particularly dangerous rite of passage.
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Mitropoulou, Elpis. 1977. Corpus I. Attic Votive Reliefs of the 6th and 5th centuries B.C. Athens. no. 66, p. 45, Athens: Pyli Editions.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eileithyia, no. 89, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Sobel, Hildegard. 1990. Hygieia: Die Göttin der Gesundheit. no. 69, p. 83, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.

Reeder, Ellen D., Sally Humphreys, Prof. Mary R. Lefkowitz, Francois Lissarrague, Prof. Margot Schmidt, Prof. H. Alan Shapiro, Christianne Sourvinou-Inwood, Prof. Andrew F. Stewart, Froma Zeitlin, Carol Benson, and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway. 1995. "Women in Classical Greece." Pandora: Women in Classical Greece. pp. 334-35, fig. 103, Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery.

Latini, Alexia, Paolo Moreno, Mario Grimaldi, and Elisa Chiara Portale. 2011. "Riflessi della mortalità neonatale e materna nella pittura ellenistica." Pittura ellenistica in Italia e in Sicilia, Linguaggi e Tradizioni: Atti del Convegno di Studi (Messina, 24-25 settembre 2009), Gioacchine Francesco La Torre and Mario Torelli, eds. p. 70 n. 44, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore.

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