Fragment of funerary banquet relief: heroized deceased

Late Classical Period
4th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens (?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 081; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).


Height x width: 13.5 x 9 cm (5 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View


The Ancient World



The reclining figure is bearded and wears a polos on his head and a himation about his shoulders; he holds a cup in his left hand. On the architrave of the aedicula there are remains of a name… (add Greek) This relief, probably of the middle of the fourth century, is of the type from the shrine of Asklepios on the slope of the Athenian Acropolis. The hero, the deceased to whom or in whose memory the votive was offered, was shown banqueting with his wife. One or more registers of small votaries were probably shown approaching from the left.
What remains is somewhat dented and fairly clean as to surface condition.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI729: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.27 / delta18O -2.67, Attribution - Paros 2, Justification - grayish, fine to medium grained marble.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson