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The lower left-hand section of a Greek sepulchral or votive relief

3rd century BC

Greek island marble

Height: 30cm, maximum
Width: 36cm
Depth: 15cm

Museum number: M1150

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 298help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Colonnade - central aisle
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Curatorial note

At the extreme left is the lower part of a pilaster, its anta resting on a thick base ground. A nude boy (much mutilated) is leaning right against the pilaster, right hand on hip. To the right, at the break, remain the abdomen and lower limbs of a large, himation-clad female figure, seated toward the left on a draped throne with carved leg, against which a chitoned female attendant, on the same smaller scale as the boy, leans left, with her arms (mutilated) on the cushions.

Good East Greek work of the third Century BC, constituting the left half of a large funerary banquet relief, or possibly one depicting the heroized deceased person. The right-hand portion would be restored with the deceased husband(?) feasting and a servant, a horse (etc.) beyond1.

1 Compare with the example in the Louvre from Cyzicus, see S. Reinach, Répertoire de Reliefs Grecs et Romains, 3 vols, Paris, 1909-12, II, p. 292, no. 2; also see Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, V, 1902, p. 191.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Acquired by Soane from the collection of the neoclassical sculptor John Flaxman.


A. Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, trans. C.A.M. Fennell, Cambridge, 1882, p.477, no. 21.

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