Painted limestone funerary slab with a soldier and two girls

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 2nd half of 3rd century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Limestone, paint

Dimensions: Other: 16 1/2 × 9 5/8 in. (41.9 × 24.4 cm)
Other (Panel): 7 1/4 × 6 3/4 in. (18.4 × 17.1 cm)

Classification: Miscellaneous-Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Darius Odgen Mills, 1904

Accession Number: 04.17.4


A man joins hands with the first of two girls who stand one before the other while the second girl raises her hand in his direction. The man wears a long blue mantle with black fringe that covers his otherwise nude body. The girls wear long pink robes gathered at the waist. A faintly preserved looped yellow ribbon on the gray background above the girls suggests an indoor, domestic setting for this touching scene of greeting or farewell.