Akroterion of a grave stele

Classical Period
about 350 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 072; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).


Height x width: 66 x 44 cm (26 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Pentelic

Not On View


The Ancient World



The two faces are alike, consisting of a large palmette in halves, each composed of six leaves, springing from two rows of acanthus leaves. Two fluted stalks develop upward into a spiral tendril behind small acanthus leaves. A lily is at the top of each face, and a row of three acanthus leaves in low relief covers the space at each side between the front and rear palmettes.
Large portions of the acanthus leaves are missing, as are sections of the volutes, and the tips of many leaves of the palmettes. A small fragment from the upper row of acanthus leaves has been replaced in its original position with the help of connecting bars of plaster. In the bottom there is a large rectangular dowel hole for attachment to the shaft.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; January 19, 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 74,100.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 04.6-04.37)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund