Marble grave stele of Antigenes

end of the 6th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Marble, Hymettian (base)
Other (height reconstructed): 88 1/2 x 25 x 20 in. (224.8 x 63.5 x 50.8 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Attic grave monuments of the end of the sixth century B.C. tend to be simpler than their earlier counterparts. In particular, the sculpted finials in the form of sphinxes are replaced by palmettes that are integral with the shaft. The figures, moreover, may be painted instead of carved in relief. It is enlightening to compare a representation such as this with contemporary vase-painting. The light figure against a darker background is comparable to the red-figure technique in pottery. Indeed, the influence of painted sculpture has been adduced in precipitating the change from black-figure to red-figure.
Inscription: On the base with the name of Antigenes
Said to be from Attica

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