Grave marker in the form of an oil flask (lekythos)

Late Classical Period
about 360 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 74.


Overall: 51 × 33 × 14 cm (20 1/16 × 13 × 5 1/2 in.) 118.5 LBS DV add 10 LBS for wall mount Case (painted wooden pedestal): 115.6 x 29.2 x 31.8 cm (45 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Pentelic

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Philinna and Phanostratos say farewell, in the presence of a mourning lady at the left, who must be a daughter or a younger sister. Philinna is seated to the right, in conventional fashion, her left hand holding the edge of her veil, which comprises the part of her himation drawn up over her head. Phanostratos, an elderly, bearded man, wears his ample himation so as to leave exposed the right breast and much of the rest of the chest, almost to the waist. The lady at the left, preserved in greater part, holds her himation at the waist with her right hand and rests her bowed head on her left hand.

Condition: The neck and spout, the bottom of the body and foot, and roughly half of what remains (the back half) have been broken away and are missing. The remaining surface and the figures are somewhat chipped. They have a handsome yellow patina.

The names are rather crudely cut (PHILLINA PHANOSTRATOS). The second is broken after the first A by the subject’s head (copied from Sculpture in Stone).




By 1953: with Koutoulakis in Paris; by 1972: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (said to come from an old Swiss collection); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., September 13, 1972

Credit Line

Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund