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Marble and limestone statue of an attendant

late 4th or 3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Marble and limestone
H.: 48 7/16 in. (123 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, 2005 Benefit and Philippe de Montebello Funds; Spiro Latsis, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Butler, Anonymous, James H. and Zoe Moshovitis, Dr. and Mrs. Roy Vagelos, Lewis M. Dubroff, Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Beinecke, Cynthia Hazen Polsky, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, Annette de la Renta, Basil P. Goulandris, Andrés A. Mata, Joyce Frank Menschel, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ruddock, Shelby White, and James and Theodore Pedas Family Foundation Gifts, in honor of Mary Jaharis, 2015
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On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This young woman held an object in her right hand, perhaps a fan. The statue was originally likely part of a funerary group of an aristocratic woman with her attendant that would have served as a tomb marker. It was not uncommon during the Hellenistic period in Southern Italy to carve the heads of significant commissions in imported marble and use local limestone for the bodies. The Greek city of Tarentum had a particularly distinctive sculptural tradition of limestone funerary monuments, other fragmentary examples of which can be seen in the nearby case for luxury arts of Southern Italy.
Prior to 1930, found in Taranto, South Italy; by 1930, private collection, Europe; until 1957, collection of Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Lucerne, Switzerland ; 1957, purchased by Henning Throne-Holst through Ars Antiqua, Lucerne; 1957-1988, collection of Henning Throne-Holst, Djursholm, Sweden; 1988, purchased by Mr. Thomas Colville through Christie’s, London; 1988-2015, collection of Mr. Thomas Colville, New York; acquired in 2015, purchased from Thomas Colville.
Wuilleumier, Pierre. 1930. "La sculpture funeraire de Tarente." Aréthuse: Revue Trimestrielle, VII: p. 116, pl. XXI, 1.

Wuilleumier, Pierre. 1936. "Statues inédites de Tarente." Mélanges d'archéologie et d'histoire de l'École française de Rome, 53. pp. 125-6, pl. I.

Wuilleumier, Pierre. 1939. Tarente des origines à la conquète romaine. p. 287, pl. VIII.3, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Ars Antiqua. 1957. Ars Antiqua. December 7, 1957. lot 68.

Christie, Manson & Woods. 1988. Fine Antiquities. June 8, 1988. lot 40.

Picón, Carlos A. 2016. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2014–2016." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, : pp. 10–11.

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