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  • Fragment of a limestone relief with enthroned couple, Late Classical or Hellenistic, 4th–3rd century b.c.
    Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
    Limestone; 13 x 14 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (33 x 36.2 x 9.5 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1996 (1996.151.1)

    Fragment of a limestone relief with standing figure, Late Classical or Hellenistic, 4th–3rd century b.c.
    Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
    Limestone; 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. (26.7 x 16.5 x 8.6 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1996 (1996.151.2)

    Fragment of a limestone relief with two standing figures, Late Classical or Hellenistic, 4th–3rd century b.c.
    Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
    Limestone; 13 x 17 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (33 x 45.1 x 8.3 cm)
    Purchase, Mrs. Sandy Brue Gift, 1996 (1996.305)

    The scene may symbolize the journey of the deceased to the Underworld. To the left are Hades and Persephone, the rulers of the Underworld, enthroned. At the center, the standing figure may be Orpheus, who entered Hades to retrieve unsuccessfully his deceased wife, Eurydike. He was the focus of an important mystery cult in southern Italy that promised a blissful afterlife to its adherents. At the right is Hermes, who conducted the souls of the dead to Hades. He takes the hand of a woman dressed in a chiton, with her himation (cloak) pulled over her head and around her waist. She stands in front of a cavelike opening that represents the entrance to the Underworld. Such reliefs are known to have been popular on funerary monuments at Tarentum.

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  • Fragment of a limestone relief with enthroned couple, Late Classical or Hellenistic, 4th–3rd century B.C.
    Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
    Limestone; 13 x 14 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (33 x 36.2 x 9.5 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1996 (1996.151.1)

    Fragment of a limestone relief with standing figure, Late Classical or Hellenistic, 4th–3rd century B.C.
    Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
    Limestone; 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. (26.7 x 16.5 x 8.6 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1996 (1996.151.2)

    Fragment of a limestone relief with two standing figures, Late Classical or Hellenistic, 4th–3rd century B.C.
    Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
    Limestone; 13 x 17 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (33 x 45.1 x 8.3 cm)
    Purchase, Mrs. Sandy Brue Gift, 1996 (1996.305)


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