Painted limestone funerary slab with a soldier and two girls

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 2nd half of 3rd century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Limestone, paint

Dimensions: Other: 16 1/2 × 9 5/8 × 3 7/8 in. (41.9 × 24.4 × 9.8 cm)
Other (Panel): 7 1/4 × 6 3/4 in. (18.4 × 17.1 cm)

Classification: Miscellaneous-Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Darius Odgen Mills, 1904

Accession Number: 04.17.4


The soldier, in a long blue cloak, stands at the right and clasps the hand of a small girl. Behind her another girl raises her hand in a gesture of farewell. These may well represent the soldier's children, indicating that the mercenaries settled in Alexandria and raised families.