Grave stele of a young woman

Late Classical Period
about 355–345 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 067; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).


Overall: 72 x 34cm (28 3/8 x 13 3/8in.) 85 LBS DV

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

On View

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)


The Ancient World



The lady wearing a chiton and himation, doubtless a young mother, is holding a dove in her right hand, extending it down toward the ground in front of her. The wings of the mourning siren and other details have been finished in paint. The scene is framed by a naiskos which is probably composed of an anta to either side crowned by a shallow architrave; the left-most side of the relief is broken and missing. The surfaces are somewhat weathered.This is a canonical form of second-level Attic funerary monument.

Scientific Analysis:
University of South Florida Lab No. 8459: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.2 / delta18O -4.6,

Attribution - Mt. Pentelikon (near Athens). Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain, pure white, Attic style and type.


Before 1959: E. and M. Kofler-Truniger Collection; by 1959: with Ars Antiqua AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Ars Antiqua auction 1 [Jacob Hirsch auction, part 2 and other collections], Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, May 2, 1959, lot 45); by 1973: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., March 13, 1973

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund