Marble stele (grave marker) of Phainippe

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

An inscription identifies the deceased as Phainippe. She holds a mirror in her left hand while the servant girl before her carries a casket and a small box. The servant's dress, with sleeves but no belt, reflects an eastern style that places her origins in Thrace or Asia Minor. The ingredients of this scene are the same as those on the many classical vases showing women at home. It is the tomb monument and the sober tone that give the established domestic iconography its special significance.

Marble stele (grave marker) of Phainippe, Marble, Greek, Attic

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