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Finial of a marble stele (grave marker)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 525 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Parian
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.11.5
  • Description

    The pair of volutes on this finial is carved with extraordinary sensitivity. The crowning element, which is missing, may have been a palmette or a sphinx. The latter is less likely, given the limited size of the volute block. The reported discovery of this piece near the beautiful fragment with the head of a youth raises the possibility that both originally belonged to the same stele.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, p. 50.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 18, p. 18, pl. 21b.

    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. 80, pp. 81, 421.

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