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Agemo

This headless sculpture is of a woman wearing a plain dress. Whether this is a grave monument to a woman named Agemo or a dedication to Artemis Hegemo has been disputed. Asea was a small settlement occupied from very early prehistoric times up to the late Hellenistic period.

The name, Agemo, is carved on the footstool. The letters are written retrograde, that is, in mirror-image and right to left. At this date the Greeks had not settled on a fixed way of writing. Some inscriptions are left to right, some the other way. Only later did writing from left to right become the norm

Number: 
70
Material: 
Lakonian marble
Location of Original: 

Athens National Museum 6

Size: 
0.98m
Accession: 

Bought from Martinelli in1884

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 29 (n.14)
Matz: Geschichte der Griechische Kunst, 199
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 8, no.7
Martinelli: Catalogue of Casts in Gypsum, no.125

Date: 
c.530-520 BCE
Inscription: 

AGEMO (retrograde)

Provenance: 

From Asea in Arcadia

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