Marble grave stele of a little girl

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 450–440 B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Marble, Parian

Dimensions: Height: 31 3/4 in. (80.6 cm)
Width (top): 14 9/16 in. (37 cm)
Width (base): 15 1/2 × 4 in., 131 lb. (39.4 × 10.2 cm, 59.4 kg)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1927

Accession Number: 27.45


The gentle gravity of this child is beautifully expressed through her sweet farewell to her pet doves. Her peplos is unbelted and falls open at the side, while the folds of drapery clearly reveal her stance. Many of the most skillful stone carvers came from the Cycladic Islands, where marble was plentiful. The sculptor of this stele could have been among the artists who congregated in Athens during the third quarter of the fifth century B.C. to decorate the Parthenon.