Painted limestone funerary slab with a soldier taking a kantharos from his attendant

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 2nd half of 3rd century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Limestone, paint

Dimensions: Other: 14 13/16 × 9 5/8 × 3 3/8 in. (37.6 × 24.4 × 8.6 cm)
Other (Panel): 9 3/4 × 7 7/8 in. (24.8 × 20 cm)

Classification: Miscellaneous-Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Darius Odgen Mills, 1904

Accession Number: 04.17.6


A boy with dark brown skin, standing at the left, holds out a black cup to a tall soldier in a long blue cloak, at the right. The boy holds a lance and supports the soldier's large oval shield against his chest. Almost all the preserved evidence for painting in the Hellenistic period comes from funerary monuments. Some like the vaulted tombs of Macedonia and Thrace show large scale figures and friezes. More modest painted stelai like the ones displayed here have been found in many places in the Eastern Meditereanean.