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Top and shaft of a grave stele

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The upper part of a tall, relatively slender stele is surmounted by a richly carved anthemion. This consists of two symmetrical pairs of volutes, placed one above the other and topped by a palmette of seven large leaves with narrow, pointed leaves between. The shaft tapers slightly. It is framed...

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By 1895: Frank Calvert Collection at Thymbra Farm in the Troad; by 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (a note in his records, signed J.M. [John Marshall] says: "I was told it was found near the tomb of Aias."; a further note in Warren's records cites Körte, Athenische Mitteilungen, 1895, p. 93, who said the piece was found in the Troad 3 kms. east from 'tomb of Aias.'); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24,1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Greek, Archaic Period, about 550–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 023; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107 (additional published references).


Height: 131 cm (51 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the Greek Island of Naxos


The Ancient World