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Harpy Tomb, reliefs

Sometimes now called the Tomb of Kybernis.

Lycia was a coastal region in modern-day southern Turkey, and Xanthos was its capital. The area is notable for these unusual tombs which were square stone boxes on top of tall pillars, high above the ground, in which the ashes of the dead were placed.

The tomb gets its name from the female-headed birds — Harpies — at the corners of each side, but not visible here. Decorating these sides were the sculpted panels; scenes of seated figures, perhaps gods or ancestors, receiving gifts from standing figures

Location of Original: 

London, British Museum B287

1.00 x 2.45m

Transferred from the Fitzwilliam in1884. Originally provided by Brucciani


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 67 (n.7), pl. 17.2-3
Richter: Archaic Greek Art (1949), 175
Karo: Personality in Greek Archaic Art, 161 & 215-
Tritsch, FJ: Journal of Hellenic Studies LXII (1942), 39- (for east side of tomb)
Pryce: Catalogue of Sculpture; British Museum I (1928), 126-, pl. XXIV
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 21, no.67
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 891, no.61
Burn: Greek and Roman Art (1991), 114

Early C5 BCE

From Xanthos in Lycia

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