grave marker in the form of stone oil flask (lekythos)

Greek
Classical Period
about 390–380 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece (probably), Attica

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 73; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 103.

Dimensions

Overall: 110 x 48 cm, 600 kg (43 5/16 x 18 7/8 in., 1322.76 lb.) Case (painted wooden pedestal): 61.3 x 68.6 x 68.3 cm (24 1/8 x 27 x 26 7/8 in.) Mount (round circular flat steel bar with three outward curved legs ): 50.8 x 71.1 x 3.8 cm (20 x 28 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

96.700

Medium or Technique

Pentelic marble

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Six figures are carved in low relief in a panel between the raised band at the top and the narrow fillet at the bottom. An elderly, bearded man, seats in a chair and faces left. The name, ‘Kallias’ (KALLIAS), is inscribed in Greek above his head. He clasps hands with a matronly woman standing before him. She bows her head and raises her left hand to her shoulder. The letters, painted in Greek, ‘….ito’ (….ITO) appear to the right of her head. A second woman stands behind her and holds a colored object in her right hand. To the left of her head is the inscription, ‘Kallis’ (KALLIS), and to the right ‘Tarete’ (TARETE). A servant girl stands behind her holding two items: a box hanging from a cord in her lowered right hand, and another box in her more forward left hand. Behind the man’s chair stands a young girl with the inscription ‘Demainete’ (DEMAINETE) directly above her head, and beyond her appears a man with a short beard, a strigil in his raised right hand, and a short cloak from waist to knees. The inscription, “Eubios’ (EUBIOS) is above his head, and behind his shoulder is the top of a staff or a branch.

The neck and handle, and the foot, which are missing, have been restored in plaster. The face of the young girl at right is worn off, and the whole surface has suffered from the cleaning with acid, particularly the area of the figures.

Taken directly from M. B. Comstock and C. C. Vermeule, Sculpture in Stone: the Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1976), p. 50, no. 73 (with earlier published references).

Inscription

From Left to Right
ΚΑΛΛΙΣ
ΤΑΡΕΤΗ
...ΙΤΟ
ΚΑΛΛΙΑΣ
ΔΗΜΑΙΝΕΤΗ
ΕΥΒΙΟΣ

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Provenience, Greece); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund