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
The scene may symbolize the journey of the deceased to the Underworld. To the left are Hades and Persephone enthroned; at center, the standing figure may be Orpheus, and to the right, 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.
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