Fragment of a limestone relief with standing figure
Late Classical or Hellenistic
4th–3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Overall: 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 3 3/8in. (26.7 x 16.5 x 8.6cm)
Rogers Fund, 1996
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
A figure, possibly Orpheus, standing with right foot resting on a short pedastal.
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.