Marble grave stele with a family group

Period: Late Classical

Date: ca. 360 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Marble, Pentelic

Dimensions: H. 67 3/8 in. (171.1 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1911

Accession Number: 11.100.2


Because the framing niche that once surrounded this relief is missing, there are no inscriptions that might identify the deceased. Both the seated man and the veiled woman behind him stare straight ahead, as if the young woman who gazes down at them were invisible. Do they mourn their dead daughter? Does she mourn her dead father, or is she the sole survivor of the group? Despite its ambiguity and solemn sadness, the relief conveys an intense, though restrained, sense of family unity. Carved by a master, this grave stele is one of the most magnificent examples that have survived from the classical period.