Funerary relief with woman and her servant

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 330 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: South Italy, Probably fromTarentum

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 011.


Overall: 24.5 x 20.9 x 6.4 cm (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Gallery 212A-B


Europe, The Ancient World



Within a simple, deep, fillet-molding frame, a woman stands to right, wearing a long chiton with heavy folds and an ample chiton wrapped around the waist and brought up behind the left shoulder, over the left arm and by the left side. A section by the left side of the neck suggests the woman may have been veiled. She holds a jewel box or vanity-case, from which she selects a bijou. A servant girl wearing an Ionian chiton rests her left arm on a plump cushion, on a couch with an elaborately turned leg. This style is richly Attic.
Condition: Missing from the relief are the upper part with the head of the woman, raised right hand of the servant girl, and edges of the fillet molding.


By 1977: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Schweizerische Kunst und Antiquitätenmesse Basel, March 17-27, 1977, p. 94, illus.) (from the art market in Basel and Tokyo); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., October 12, 1977

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund