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Grave Relief of Nike of Thasos

This funeral stele is decorated with a relief and rosettes and palmettes at the top. The scene shows a seated young woman shaking hands with a standing young man, while a small child holding a leaf stands at her knee. The handshake poignantly encapsulates that moment when the family have to say farewell to this woman forever

Location of Original: 

Athens, National Museum 1028

1.35 x 0.40m

Staïs: Marbres et Bronzes du Musée Nationale d’Athènes, 181
Inscription: Exploration archéologique de Délos, document 88, 1

c.200-175 BCE

The inscription reads Nike, daughter of Dositheos, from Thasos. Good, with loving care, greetings


Found at Rheneia, a small island in the Aegean next to Delos

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