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Marble grave stele of a young woman and servant

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 400–390 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
H. 70 1/16 in. (178 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.11.1
  • Description

    The young woman leans against the framing pilaster of her grave stele in a pose that may be inspired by a famous contemporary statue of Aphrodite. Like the child with doves on the stele found on Paros (acc. no. 27.45, displayed in this gallery), the little girl wears an ungirt peplos that is open at the side. Her hair is cut short in morning. She holds a jewel box and may be a younger sister of the deceased or a household slave.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 92, 232, pl. 72c.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 80, pp. 54-55, pl. 65.

    1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide: Works of Art Selected by Philippe De Montebello. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Manchester, Karen. 1999. "“The new Greek and Roman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art”." Apollo, 150: p. 11, fig. 17.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 151, pp. 136, 434.

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