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Alxenor Stele

This grave relief shows an old man and his dog. It was found in Boeotia made from local stone, but an inscription on it says it was made by Alxenor from the south Aegean island of Naxos. Similar works have been found as far afield as Thessaly in north eastern Greece, modern-day Turkey and Italy, and the Black Sea.

The deceased, bearded and with a crutch, is shown alone, feeding a scrap to his pet dog

Number: 
95
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Athens National Museum 39

Size: 
2.05m
Accession: 

Presented by Oscar Browning to the Fitzwilliam in October 1876. Transferred to the Museum in 1884

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 114 (n.5), pl. 38.1
Johansen: the Attic Grave Reliefs of the Classical Period (1951), fig.59
Richter: Sculpture & Sculptors of the Greeks (1950), 168, fig.425
Karo: Personality in Greek Archaic Art, 189-
Brunn-Bruckmann, Denkmäler Griechischer und Römischer Skulptur, 41
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 18, no.47
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 891, no.41

Date: 
Early C5 BCE
Sculptor: 
Alxenor of Naxos
Inscription: 

(not on the cast) By Alxenor of Naxos, just look

Provenance: 

Found at Rhonaiko near Orchomenos

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