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Fragment of the marble stele (grave marker) of a youth

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Hymettian
Dimensions:
H. preserved 48 in. (121.9 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.158
  • Description

    A nude image of the deceased youth projects in high relief from the concave, red background. He stands erect, left foot forward, in the same position as the nearby three-dimensional statue of a kouros (youth). The stele is carved in a marble with gray striations that was quarried at Mount Hymettos, just outside of Athens.

    Two more fragments of this stele have recently been identified in Athens - one with the left hand, the other with the chest and upper arm. Plaster casts of the two pieces (Agora S1751 and NM 4.808) are juxtaposed with the Metropolitan Museum's stele in the adjacent photograph.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Athens

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1950. The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, 3rd edn. New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 166, 507, fig. 470.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 49, 194, pl. 34c.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 13, p. 10, pl. 14a.

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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