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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Fragment of an Attic Grave Relief
Work Type
c. 350 BCE-340 BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Classical period, Late
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Physical Descriptions

Pentelic marble
47 cm (18 1/2 in.)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Published Catalogue Text: Stone Sculptures: The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums , written 1990

Fragment of an Attic Grave Relief

The irregular break at the right looks more modern than the older break below. The surface is worn and discolored with some incrustation.

The relief show a bearded man, seated and turned to the right, with right arm extended. He wears a himation around his lower limbs and over his left shoulder. He sits on a klismos, a graceful Athenian chair. He was grasping the hand of a person, probably a woman, who was standing in front of him. There is a broad, architectural border at the left, and a similar flat, fillet border at the top. On the more complete stele of Potamon the Aulete in the National Museum, Athens, the figure standing at the right is a young man (Reinach, 1909-1912, 11, p. 396, no. 4). A relief on the art market in New York shows a somewhat more Pheidian man being bidden farewell by a standing woman, while a servant girl holds the lady's jewel box as she too stands, at the right. This relief is complete and is dated 375-350 BC (Sotheby Sale, London, 15 July, 1980, p. 22, no. 27; Schefold, Cahn, 1960, pp. 81-82, 248, 263, illus.).

Cornelius Vermeule and Amy Brauer

Publication History

  • George M. A. Hanfmann, Greek Art and Life, An Exhibition Catalogue, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1950), no. 184.
  • Ancient Greece: Life and Art, The Newark Museum (Newark, NJ, 1980), no. 40
  • Cornelius C. Vermeule III and Amy Brauer, Stone Sculptures: The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 42, no. 26

Exhibition History

  • Greek Art and Life: From the Collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Private Lenders, Fogg Art Museum, 03/07/1950 - 04/15/1950
  • Ancient Greece: Life and Art, The Newark Museum, 02/02/1980 - 03/16/1980

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