Votive relief to two divinities
Late Classical Period
about 325 B.C.
Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 010.
Height x width: 54.5 x 71 cm (21 7/16 x 27 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
In the conventional architectural frame, with pilasters left and right, antefixes and akroteria on the roof above the upper molding, appear four small mortals, two men in front, two men behind, to the left of an altar. Their hands are raised in adoration; the woman in front holds a phiale or pyxis in her extended left hand. To right, a large young god stands with staff in right hand. Beyond him, a veiled goddess stands, right hand on edge of veil, a small crescent on her head.
Condition: Faces, details of drapery, the imitation roof tiles, fillet moldings (cornice and architrave), pilasters on the sides, and frame below are effaced or chipped. The surfaces were weathered in Antiquity and now have a yellow patina.
By 1977: with Robin Symes, 3 Ormond Yard, Duke of York Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1 (according to a letter from Robin Symes, dated November 20, 2000, the relief was previously in the collection of George Ortiz, Geneva although Mr. Ortiz in a letter dated February 8, 2001 replied that he did not recall this piece but added that he could have had a memory lapse); purchased by MFA from Robin Symes, April 13, 1977
Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III