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Fragmentary oil flask (lekythos) serving as a grave monument

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Six figures are carved in low relief in a panel between the raised band at the top and the narrow fillet at the bottom. An elderly, bearded man, seats in a chair and faces left. The name, 'Kallias' (KALLIAS), is inscribed in Greek above his head. He clasps hands with a matronly woman standing...

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Inscription

From Left to Right ΚΑΛΛΙΣ ΤΑΡΕΤΗ ...ΙΤΟ ΚΑΛΛΙΑΣ ΔΗΜΑΙΝΕΤΗ ΕΥΒΙΟΣ

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Provenience, Greece); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 390–380 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Attica, Greece (probably)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 73; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 103.

Dimensions

Overall: 110 x 48 cm, 600 kg (43 5/16 x 18 7/8 in., 1322.76 lb.) Case (painted wooden pedestal): 61.3 x 68.6 x 68.3 cm (24 1/8 x 27 x 26 7/8 in.) Mount (round circular flat steel bar with three outward curved legs ): 50.8 x 71.1 x 3.8 cm (20 x 28 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

96.700

Medium or Technique

Pentelic marble

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture