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Painted grave stele

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A grave stele in the form of an aedicula with gable and antefixes, with exceptional preservation of pigment. The scene shows a female seated on a highback chair holding a white bird in her left hand. By her side and lower than her knees is a table. Behind her on the wall is a white aryballos,...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to a letter from Warren, dated August 28, 1896: Bought from a Greek in Greece. . . . It was said to have been found in Boeotia.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

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Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Late Classical or Hellenistic Period, about 4th century B.C.


50 x 36.5 cm (19 11/16 x 14 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World