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Marble grave stele of Antigenes

Period:
Archaic
Date:
end of the 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Hymettian (base)
Dimensions:
Other (height reconstructed): 88 1/2 x 25 x 20 in. (224.8 x 63.5 x 50.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
15.167
  • Description

    Attic grave monuments of the end of the sixth century B.C. tend to be simpler than their earlier counterparts. In particular, the sculpted finials in the form of sphinxes are replaced by palmettes that are integral with the shaft. The figures, moreover, may be painted instead of carved in relief. It is enlightening to compare a representation such as this with contemporary vase-painting. The light figure against a darker background is comparable to the red-figure technique in pottery. Indeed, the influence of painted sculpture has been adduced in precipitating the change from black-figure to red-figure.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed on the base with the name of Antigenes

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Attica

  • References

    Metzger, Henri. 1951. Les représentations dans la céramique attique du IVe siècle. Paris: E. de Boccard, p. 133, fig. 44.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 50, 195, pl. 35e.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 20, pp. 16-17, pl. 22a.

    Reuterswärd, Patrik. 1980. Studien zur Polychromie der Plastik. Stockholm: Bokförlaget Svenska, p. 48, n. 86.

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