Grave Stela

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Object Number:MS4020
Current Location: Greece Gallery
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Provenience: Greece
Period: Classical Greek Period
Hellenistic Period
Date Made: 350-300 BCE
Early Date: -350
Late Date: -300
Materials:Marble (Stone)
Height: 105 cm
Width: 59 cm
Thickness: 13.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Paul Arndt, Subscription of Mrs. Lucy Wharton (Joseph) Drexel, 1904


Intact except for the top part: broken off horizontally at level of base of neck of the two standing figures. Three figures. At right woman seated on a klismos facing left in profile, her right arm clasping the extended right hand of a standing male figure ca. 3/4 view facing her; both are in relatively high relief. The woman's feet rest on a low footstool. Her left forearm rests on her thigh. She wears a chiton, apparently with a cloak loosely wrapped down her left arm and over her left thigh. The man wears only a cloak, draped over his left shoulder, covering him completely except for his chest and right arm. His left hand is raised to grasp the cloak just below the shoulder. Immediately to the left of the head of the seated woman, in very low relief, the lower neck and chest of a second woman, evidently standing, wearing a chiton also and a cloak whose folds she raises with her left hand to the level of her upper chest. The two edges of the stele are carefully finished, with chisel marks, On each edge is a hole 0.01m. in diam. drilled horizontally into the thickness of the stele. Remains of wood (or iron?) in one hole. A "frame" 0.07m. wide on the right side of the relief beside the chair. No frame on the other side. Below the scene is a roughly finished area 0.17m. high for insertion. White marble, probably Pentelic, somewhat patinated.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Ancient Greek World (08 May 1994) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue, Collection] Romano, Irene B. 2006. Classical Sculpture; Catalogue of the Cypriot, Greek and Roman Stone Sculpture in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 28, no. 21View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Collection] Luce, Stephen B. 1921. Catalogue of the Mediterranean Section.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 178, no. 49View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Rambo, Eleanor F. 1919. "A Group of Funerary Stelae". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 10. no. 3. pg. 149-155 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 155, illus. p. 154View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Reinach, Salomon. 1912. Répertoire de reliefs grecs et romains.. Paris. Vol. 2. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 208, fig. 5View Objects related to this

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