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Fragments of the marble stele (grave marker) of a woman holding a baby

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 400–375 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Parian
Dimensions:
total H. 33 1/8 in. (84.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
52.11.3
  • Description

    The well-known grave monument of a woman named Ampharete, which was found in the Kerameikos cemetery at Athens, also shows a seated woman holding a baby. That stele has a rare inscription that sheds light on the meaning of the scene: My daughter's beloved child is the one I hold here, the one that I held on my lap while we looked at the light of the sun when we were alive and that I still hold, now that we are both dead.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 77, pp. 51-52, pl. 62b.

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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