Painted limestone funerary slab with a soldier taking a kantharos from his attendant
2nd half of 3rd century B.C.
Other: 14 13/16 × 9 5/8 × 3 3/8 in. (37.6 × 24.4 × 8.6 cm)
Other (Panel): 9 3/4 × 7 7/8 in. (24.8 × 20 cm)
Gift of Darius Odgen Mills, 1904
Not on view
A boy with dark brown skin, standing at the left, holds out a black cup to a tall soldier in a long blue cloak, at the right. The boy holds a lance and supports the soldier's large oval shield against his chest. Almost all the preserved evidence for painting in the Hellenistic period comes from funerary monuments. Some like the vaulted tombs of Macedonia and Thrace show large scale figures and friezes. More modest painted stelai like the ones displayed here have been found in many places in the Eastern Meditereanean.
Inscription: Painted inscription: “–attos, a Galatian”
Found in 1884 in a tomb in Alexandria, Egypt (near Ramleh)
1884, found in a tomb in Alexandria, Egypt; 1884, purchased by Elbert E. Farman, New York; after 1887, purchased by Darius Ogden Mills from Elbert E. Farman; until 1904, collection of Darius Ogden Mills; acquired in 1904, gift of D.O. Mills.
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