Artist unknown / Grave Stele / 5th century  B.C.Artist unknown
Grave Stele
5th century B.C.

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Greek
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Grave Stele
View: front
Creation Start Date: -49
Creation End Date: -40
Creation Date: 5th century B.C.
Creation Place: Athens
Creation Place: The Kerameikos
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H.33-3/4 X W.13-5/8 x D.4-7/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 31.4
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund

This gravestone, or stele, came from a street of tombs immediately outside the walls of Athens known as The Kerameikos. The inscription identifies the man as Philomelos and the woman as Plathane. Unlike the funereal art of many other civilizations, Greek monuments emphasized life rather than death -- the memory of the dead in the minds of the living. The couple is shown either in the act of departing from one another in this world or greeting one another in another world, united forever in death by the affectionate gesture of their touching hands.

Low relief carving was particularly suited to the restrained emotion of funereary shafts of this type. The shallow projection of the forms is still sufficient to indicate the three-dimensional quality of the figures and the architectural setting.

Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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