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Marble grave stele of a young woman and servant

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 400–390 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
H. 70 1/16 in. (178 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.11.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
The young woman leans against the framing pilaster of her grave stele in a pose that may have been inspired by a famous contemporary statue of Aphrodite. Like the child with doves on the stele found on Paros (acc. no. 27.45, displayed in this gallery), the little girl wears an ungirt peplos that is open at the side. Her hair is cut short in mourning. She holds a jewel box and may be a younger sister of the deceased or a household slave.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1936. "Notes: A Geometric Cup." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 31(2): pp. 108-12, figs. 1-2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 92, 232, pl. 72c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 80, pp. 54-55, pl. 65, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Clairmont, Christoph W. 1993. Classical Attic Tombstones, Vol. 1. no. 1.772, pp. 437-8, Kilchberg: Akanthus.

1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide: Works of Art Selected by Philippe De Montebello. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Schmaltz, Bernhard. 1997. "Typus und Stil im Historischen Umfeld." Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, 112: p. 93 n. 57.

Manchester, Karen. 1999. "The New Greek and Roman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Apollo, 150: p. 11, fig. 17.

Himmelmann, Nikolaus. 2000. "Quotations of Images of Gods and Heroes on Attic Grave Reliefs of the Late Classical Period." Periplous: Papers on Classical Art and Archaeology Presented to Sir John Boardman, Mr. Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, A. J. N. W. Prag, and Anthony M. Snodgrass, eds. pp. 137-8, fig. 1, London: Thames and Hudson.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2003. Light on Stone: Greek and Roman Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Photographic Essay. pp. 99-100, pl. 37, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 151, pp. 136, 434, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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