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Marble stele (grave marker) of a youth and little girl with capital and finial in the form of a sphinx

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
total H. 13 ft. 10 11/16 in. (423.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911; Rogers Fund, 1921; Munsey Funds, 1936, 1938; and Anonymous Gift, 1951
Accession Number:
11.185a–d, f, g, x
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Inscribed on the base: to dear Me[gakles], on his death, his father with his dear mother set [me] up as a monument
Inscription: On the base: "to dear Me[gakles], on his death, his father with his dear mother set [me] up as a monument."
Said to be from Attica

11.185a (shaft): Acquired 1911, purchased from M.L. Kambanis, Greece. 11.185b (base): Acquired 1911, purchased from M.L. Kambanis, Greece. 11.185c (akroterion): Acquired 1911, purchased from M.L. Kambanis, Greece. 11.185- (part of youth's shoulder and arm): Acquired 1921, purchased from M.L. Kambanis, Greece. 11.185d,x (capital and crowning sphinx): Acquired 1936 and 1938. 11.185f,g (fragments of inscription): 1951, purchased by an anonymous donor from T. Zoumboulakis, Greece; acquired October 1951, gift of the anonymous donor.
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