Fragment of a limestone relief with enthroned couple
Late Classical or Hellenistic
4th–3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Overall: 13 x 14 1/4 x 3 3/4in. (33 x 36.2 x 9.5cm)
Rogers Fund, 1996
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The scene comprised of three fragments may symbolize the journey of the deceased to the Underworld. To the left, 1996.151.1, are Hades and Persephone enthroned; at center, 1996.151.2, the standing figure may be Orpheus, and to the right, 1996.305, Hermes, who conducted the souls of the dead to Hades, takes the hand of a woman dressed in a chiton, with her himation (cloak) pulled over her head and around her waist. She stands in front of a cave-like opening that represents the entrance to the Underworld. Such reliefs are known to have been popular on funerary monuments at Tarentum.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1996. "One Hundred Twenty-sixth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1996." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 126: p. 17.