Fragmentary marble grave stele of a hoplite (foot soldier), Attributed to Aristokles, Marble, Greek, Attic

Fragmentary marble grave stele of a hoplite (foot soldier)

Attributed to Aristokles
ca. 510 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Overall: 15 3/4 x 9 15/16in. (40 x 25.2cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
The fragment preserves part of the bare feet of the hoplite and the lower end of the left greave (shin guard) with its lining and three ridges of the articulation of the calf muscle. The shaft at the right edge is the end of the warrior's spear. The inscription on the ground line gives the conclusion of a personal name and the conventional verb for made [it or me]. The subject, the sensitive articulation, and the inscription associate this work with others signed by Aristokles.
Inscription: "[Aristok]les made me"
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von Bothmer, Dietrich, Carlos A. Picón, Joan R. Mertens, and Elizabeth J. Milleker. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1992–1993: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 51(2): p. 44.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA : A Checklist. p. 184, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

Lazzarini, Lorenzo and Dr. Clemente Marconi. 2014. "A New Analysis of Major Greek Sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum: Petrological and Stylistic." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 49: pp. 127–28, fig. 28.