Marble stele (grave marker) of a woman

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158

This noble image of a woman brings to mind the philosopher Aristotle's description of commonly held beliefs about the dead: "In addition to believing that those who have ended this life are blessed and happy, we also think that to say anything false or slanderous against them is impious, from our feeling that it is directed against those who have already become our betters and superiors" (Of the Soul, quoted in Plutarch, A Letter to Apollonius 27). Larger than life and seated on a thronelike chair, this figure assumes almost heroic proportions.

Marble stele (grave marker) of a woman, Marble, Greek, Attic

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