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Stele depicting infant Herakles, Kastor, Polydeukes,Athena Alea, a war ship, and a proxeny decree

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A carved stele in the shape of a pedimented rectangular block with a series of relief panels and a proxeny decree of great significance to Boiotian/Theban history. There are four sections: at the top is the infant Herakles (who was born at Thebes in Boiotia, strangling snakes. In the middle...

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By date unknown: George Ortiz Collection, Geneva (said to have come from a German dealer and to be from Thebes); 1986: acquired from George Ortiz by Robin Symes, Limited, 3 Ormond Yard, Duke of York Street, St. James's, London SW 1; purchased by MFA from Robin Symes, Limited, June 24, 1987

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, about 370–367 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 016.


Height x width x depth: 65 x 32.5 x 20 cm (25 9/16 x 12 13/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, possibly from Lakonia, southern Greece


The Ancient World