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Fragment of a marble grave stele of a warrior

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 390 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
Overall: 21 x 16in. (53.4 x 40.6cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.11.23
  • Description

    The ashes of every Athenian who fell in battle were returned to the city and buried in the state funerary ground in the outer Kerameikos, an area at the northwest edge of the city, just outside the walls. The grieving family might also erect a stele–usually with a battle scene–in its own burial precinct to honor the fallen soldier. Here, captured in a desperate moment, both the standing soldier and his fallen opponent are about to be slain.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 93, 233, pl. 73a.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 82, pp. 55-56, pl. 66b.

    Reuterswärd, Patrik. 1980. Studien zur Polychromie der Plastik. Stockholm: Bokförlaget Svenska, p. 57, n. 125.

    Goette, Hans Rupprecht and Olga Palagia. 2009. "Images in the Athenian 'Demosian Sema'." Art in Athens During the Peloponnesian War, Olga Palagia, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 196, 206, n. 15.

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