Painted grave stele

Late Classical or Hellenistic Period
about 4th century B.C.


50 x 36.5 cm (19 11/16 x 14 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



A grave stele in the form of an aedicula with gable and antefixes, with exceptional preservation of pigment.

The scene shows a female seated on a highback chair holding a white bird in her left hand. By her side and lower than her knees is a table. Behind her on the wall is a white aryballos, perfume jar. A reddish tympanum hangs on the wall before her. The background is pale blue and the sides are painted red along the vertical edges and blue along the pediment. Her dress is painted in purplish color with a yellowish-green over garment; the face is flesh color.

The lower edges of the grave stele and its antefixes are broken.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to a letter from Warren, dated August 28, 1896: Bought from a Greek in Greece. . . . It was said to have been found in Boeotia.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund