Grave stele with woman holding a mirror

Classical Period
Late 5th–early 4th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 065; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).


Overall: 58 x 45.7cm (22 13/16 x 18in) 112 LBS mounted DV add 5 for wall cleat

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



The central panel, the stele proper, is enclosed by narrow, Doric pilasters supporting a pediment with akroteria in the form of simple palmettes. The lady is gazing into a mirror. She wears a sleeved chiton with overfold reaching to the waist and a himation. This outer garment covers both shoulders and, passing under the right arm and across the body, is thrown over the left arm at the elbow. Her hair is bound up, and the back of the head is covered by a veil, the folds of its end floating out in the background. A large disc appears on the right ear.
The sides of the stele were carefully smoothed; the top and the back were left rough. The surface of the woman’s head is corroded. There is some deposit on the remaining surfaces, which have turned the usual yellow of Pentelic marble.

Scientific Analysis:

University of South Florida Lab No. 8413: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.6 / delta18O -4.8,

Attribution - Mt. Pentelikon. Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain, Attic style


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; January 19, 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 74,100.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 04.6-04.37)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund