Grave stele with woman holding a mirror
Late 5th–early 4th century B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
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
Medium or Technique
Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens
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.
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)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund