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Marble votive relief dedicated to a hero

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
late 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 7/16 x 10 1/2 x 2in. (24 x 26.7 x 5.1cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. Noble, 1957
Accession Number:
57.42
  • Description

    Inscribed to the physician

    A hero was a deceased person who exerted from his grave a power for good or evil and demanded appropriate honor. The cult was concentrated at the grave, which was marked off as a special precinct and known as a heroon. As with the Olympian gods, there were animal sacrifices and offering of food and libation. The principal cultic activity was a feast of the living in company with the dead hero and in his honor. Votive reliefs often show the hero, as here, reclining at such a meal and being approached by worshipers, shown in smaller scale.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed: to the physician

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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