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Grave stele of a young woman

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This is a canonical form of second-level Attic funerary monument. The lady in chiton and himation, doubtless a young mother, is holding a dove in her right hand, extending it down toward the ground in front of her. The wings of the mourning siren and other details have been finished in paint....

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Before 1959: E. and M. Kofler-Truniger Collection; by 1959: with Ars Antiqua AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Ars Antiqua auction 1 [Jacob Hirsch auction, part 2 and other collections], Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, May 2, 1959, lot 45); by 1973: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., March 13, 1973

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Greek, Late Classical Period, about 355–345 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 067; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).


Height x width: 72 x 34 cm (28 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World