Grave relief of seated woman
Late Classical Period
about 340–330 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 068; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).
78.4 x 42 cm (30 7/8 x 15 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, Attic, so-called Hymettan
Not On View
The lady’s himation is drawn up over her head. Her left hand touches the hem of this cloak in a gesture of appealing simplicity, while her right hand was extended along her lap. The fragment is broken, chipped, worn, and weathered, both from its fate in antiquity or the Middle Ages and from its long residence in the garden at Westport House.
Early 19th century: brought to Ireland in the collection of the second Marquess of Sligo; before December 1958: Marquess of Sligo Collection, Westport House, County Mayo, Ireland; by December 1958: with Christie's, London (auction, December 9, 1958, lot 32); by 1959: David and Philip Spink Collection; gift of David and Philip Spink to MFA, November 12, 1959
Gift of David and Philip Spink