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Marble grave stele of a little girl

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450–440 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Marble, Parian
Dimensions:
H. 31 1/2 in. (80 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.45
  • Description

    The gentle gravity of the child is beautifully expressed through her sweet farewell to her pet doves. Her peplos is unbelted and falls open at the side, and the folds of drapery clearly reveal her stance. Many of the most skillful stone carvers came from the Cycladic islands, where marble was plentiful. The sculptor of this stele could have been among the artists who congregated in Athens during the third quarter of the fifth century B.C. to decorate the Parthenon.

  • Provenance

    Found on the island of Paros in 1785 (Museum Worsleyanum 1794, pl. 35).

    1785, found on the island of Paros; by 1785-1787, collection of Sir Richard Worsley; from the early 19th century, collection of the Earls of Yarborough at Brockelsby Park; acquired February 21, 1927, purchased from the Fourth Earl of Yarborough.

  • References

    Fürtwangler, Adolf. 1883-87. La collection Sabouroff: Monuments de l'art grec, Vol. 1. Berlin: Andrei Alexandrovitch Sabouroff, p. 7.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 349-50, fig. 251.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1934. Guide to the Collections: Ancient and Oriental Art--Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman Far Eastern, Near Eastern Oriental Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 30.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1939. Guide to the Collections: Ancient and Oriental Art--Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman Far Eastern, Near Eastern Oriental Armor, Vol. 1, World's Fair Edition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1950. The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, 3rd edn. New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 80, 132, 206, 415, 492, figs. 205, 426.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 79, 220, pl. 60c.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 73, pp. 49-50, pl. 60a.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1970. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries. New York: Dutton.

    Robertson, Martin and Cambridge University Press. 1975. A History of Greek Art, Vols. 1 and 2. Cambridge, England, pp. 308, 363, pl. 104b.

    McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropoltian Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 15.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 185, pp. 229-30.

    Picón, Carlos A. 1992. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1991-1992." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 50(2): no. 132, p. 120.

    Buitron-Oliver, Diana. 1992. The Greek Miracle: Classical Sculpture from the Dawn of Democracy--The Fifth Century B.C.. Washington: National Gallery of Art: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

    Métraux, Guy P. R. 1995. Sculptors and Physicians in Fifth-Century Greece: A Preliminary Study. Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press, fig. 3.

    Beaumont, Lesley A. 2003. "The Changing Face of Childhood." Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past, Jenifer Neils, John H. Oakley, and Katherine Hart, eds. New Haven: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, pp. 73-74, fig. 11.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 132, pp. 120, 431.

    Oakley, John H., Olga Palagia, and H. Alan Shapiro. 2009. "Children in Athenian Funerary Art During the Peloponnesian War." Art in Athens During the Peloponnesian War, Olga Palagia, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 226, 235, n. 43.

  • See also
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