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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:
Height: 31 3/4 in. (80.6 cm) Width (top): 14 9/16 in. (37 cm) Width (base): 15 1/2 × 4 in., 131 lb. (39.4 × 10.2 cm, 59.4 kg)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.45
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
The gentle gravity of this child is beautifully expressed through her sweet farewell to her pet doves. Her peplos is unbelted and falls open at the side, while 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.
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 in 1927, purchased from the Fourth Earl of Yarborough.
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