In ancient Greece, grave markers showed respect and affection for the deceased, and they also indicated family status and wealth. This fragment depicts a standing youth and seated female, possibly his mother, grasping hands in the traditional Greek gesture of farewell, dexiosis. In death, the young man stands dignified and solemn. This stele, or carved monument, conveys a sense of sadness for the loss of a life cut short. The carving is exceptionally fine, the figures ideal with classical proportions. The style is similar to that of the famous scenes depicted on the Parthenon in Athens.


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Artist
Greek
Title
Grave Stele
Date
400–350 BC
Medium
Marble
Dimensions
sculpture: 43 × 22 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (109.2 × 57.2 × 16.5 cm) display base: 44 1/2 × 25 1/8 × 15 inches
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund

Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
200 JAMAIL ATRIUM
Accession Number
2000.91
Classification
Sculpture
Provenance

Alastair Bradley Martin (1917–2010) and Edith Park Martin (1917–1989), "The Guennol Collection", Katonah, NY, by 1952; [The Merrin Gallery, Inc., New York, by 2000]; purchased by MFAH, 2000.