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

ca. 400–375 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Marble, Parian
total H. 33 1/8 in. (84.2 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
The well-known grave monument of a woman named Ampharete, which was found in the Kerameikos cemetery in 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.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1953. "Four Attic Grave Reliefs." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 11(7): pp. 186-9.

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

Clairmont, Christoph W. 1993. Classical Attic Tombstones, Vol. 2. no. 2.770, pp. 678-9, Kilchberg: Akanthus.

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