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Limestone funerary relief

ca. 325–300 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
H. 23 1/16 in. (58.5 cm); width as preserved 21 1/8 in. (53.6 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Tarentum (modern Taranto) was a wealthy Greek colony on the southeast coast of Italy, a pivotal location along the trade routes between Greece and Italy. During the fourth century B.C., ostentatious grave monuments in the form of small temple-like buildings decorated with painted sculpture filled the city cemetery. This relief must come from such a building. It represents a young warrior and a woman standing by an altar. Between them is a vase for pouring a libation on the altar. On the wall behind them hang a cuirass, a helmet, and a sword, presumably the arms of the dead warrior for whom they mourn. It has been suggested that the relief illustrates a scene from Greek tragedy.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1929. "A Greek Limestone Relief: A Recent Acquisition." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24(11), part 1: pp. 301–4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 352, 354, fig. 254, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1939. Guide to the Collections: Ancient and Oriental Art--Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman Far Eastern, Near Eastern Oriental Armor, Vol. 1, World's Fair Edition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 108, 247, pl. 87c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 119, pp. 72-73, pl. 92a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1986. Vol. 3: Atherion-Eros. Elektra I, no. 67, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 47, pp. 10, 66, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

De Juliis, Ettore M. 2000. Taranto. pp. 127, 129, fig. 39, Bari: Edipuglia.

Picón, Carlos A. 2002. "Sculptural Styles of Magna Graecia." Magna Graecia: Greek Art from South Italy and Sicily, Mr. Michael Bennett, Dr. Aaron Paul, and Mario Iozzo, eds. p. 78, Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 173, pp. 153, 437, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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