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Marble stele (grave marker) of Phainippe

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 400–390 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 40 1/4 in., 20 cm, 5 3/4 in. (102.2 x 20 x 14.6 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
53.11.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
An inscription identifies the deceased as Phainippe. She holds a mirror in her left hand while the servant girl before her carries a casket and a small box. The servant's dress, with sleeves but no belt, reflects an eastern style that places her origins in Thrace or Asia Minor. The ingredients of this scene are the same as those on the many classical vases showing women at home. It is the tomb monument and the sober tone that give the established domestic iconography its special significance.
Inscription: Inscribed on the epistle: "Phianippe"
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1958. "Greek Marble Sculptures." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 16 (6): pp. 187, 191.

Clairmont, Christoph W. 1993. Classical Attic Tombstones, Vol. 2. pp. 186-7, no. 2.255, Kilchberg: Akanthus.

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