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Limestone relief with the figure of a woman

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Tarentine
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 12 1/2 x 9 7/8 x 3 5/8in. (31.8 x 25.1 x 9.2cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Linda Heller Kamm Gift, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.281
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The figure has been identified as Niobe, who in Greek mythology suffered the loss of all her children when she incurred the displeasure of Leto, mother of Apollo and Artemis. Niobe thus became a stock figure of bereavement and would have been highly appropriate on a relief from a funerary monument such as this.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000. "One Hundred Thirtieth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 130: p. 18.

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