Fragment of a marble neo-Attic relief with Peitho, Marble, Pentelic, Roman

Fragment of a marble neo-Attic relief with Peitho

Late Republican
1st century B.C.
Marble, Pentelic
H. 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm.)
width 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm.)
depth 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
This fragment shows Peitho, the personification of persuasion, seated on a high pillar with one hand on a dove and the other holding the edge of her himation (cloak). This scene was part of a decorative relief of Helen being persuaded by Aphrodite to leave her husband and go off to Troy with the Trojan prince Paris. The work was produced for the Roman market. A well-preserved Roman relief in the Archaeological Museum of Naples (Mus. Naz. 6682) shows the entire composition with all the names inscribed.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1910. III. Sculptures, Bronzes, and Terracottas." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(4): pp. 92–93, fig. 3.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 109, 247, pl. 87f, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 144, p. 81, pl. 105b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Peitho, no. 17, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.