Marble grave stele of Antigenes

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

This fragmentary grave marker features a nude youth in profile and a decorative palmette that were painted on the flat surface of the stone, rather than incised or carved in relief. The figure appears against a dark background with details of the body outlined in a lighter color, creating an effect comparable to red-figure vase painting. Alternating colors emphasize the petals of the palmette. An inscription on the base identifies the deceased as Antigenes and the person who erected the monument as Panaisches. A painted stele was a less expensive alternative to a grave marker with both sculptural and painted decoration.

Marble grave stele of Antigenes, Marble, Hymettian (base), Greek, Attic

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