Greek; from the Soldiers' Tomb, Ibrahimieh necropolis, Alexandria, excavated 1884
Limestone, paint; H. 29 in. (73.6 cm)
Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904 (04.17.1)
A woman falls back on a fabric-covered chair, her lower body draped in a red mantle with pink border and a white robe, her upper body exposed. She is supported by two female attendants, one on either side. The woman at left holds her right arm while another woman standing behind her supports her under the left arm. Both attendants wear white robes covered with brown mantles.
This scene of physical duress depicts a woman dying in childbirth. Such stark expressions of physical grief and suffering, though generally uncommon in Greek art of this period, are evident in a small group of sculpted late Classical grave stelai with this subject.