Grave Stela

Grave Stela

400-350 BC

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Pentelic marble

Overall: 128.3 cm (50 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Leonard C. Hanna 1924.1018



Carved in high relief, the original composition of this Attic grave marker can be reconstructed by comparison with the famous stele of Hegeso in Athens. With downcast eyes, the seated matron dressed in a himation (cloak) in the Cleveland stele is being approached by her maid, who holds a pyxis (small container for personal items) in her left hand. Much of the lintel above is missing. It would have included an inscription with her name. The deceased is represented in a common domestic setting. The mood is somber and contemplative without any overt expression of mourning.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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