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Grave Stele of Hegeso

A contemplative seated woman picks jewellery from a box held for her by a standing slave-girl. The jewellery would have been painted on to the marble surface. The deceased woman’s name is inscribed above.

The relief was found in the ancient cemetery of Athens, the Kerameikos. Today a replica stands in situ, out of doors. The original was moved under cover in the mid twentieth century

Number: 
206
Material: 
Pentelic marble
Location of Original: 

Athens, National Museum

Size: 
1.49 x 0.92m
Accession: 

Purchased in 1884 from Martinelli of Athens

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 196 (n.1), pl. 72.2
Richter: Sculpture & Sculptors of the Greeks (1950), fig.429
Diepolder: Die Attischen Grabreliefs des V & VI Jahrhunderts (1931), 27, pl. 20
Johansen: the Attic Grave Reliefs of the Classical Period (1951), 17-, fig.5
Conze: Die Attischen Grabreliefs (1890-1922) I, 21-, no.68, pl. XXX
Inscription: IG I(3) 1079

Date: 
c.400 BCE
Inscription: 

Hegeso daughter of Proxenos

Provenance: 

Excavated in the Dipylon cemetery in Athens in 1870. Formerly in situ

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