Marble stele (grave marker) of Eukleia

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153

This grave marker shows a loutrophoros, a vase used to fetch water for the bridal bath and for certain funerary rites. It indicates that the deceased, Eukleia, died before she could be married. While her name is painted at the top, few other traces of pigment survive. Yet we can imagine that the relief was once vibrantly painted, as was customary with objects of this type—including the stele represented by a reconstruction nearby.

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

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