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Pharsalos Relief

This relief shows two young women holding flowers. It seems that the woman on the right is seated, the one on the left standing. By comparison with other funeral reliefs it seems certain that this is a memorial to the deceased. The carving style is shallow and linear, reminiscent of vase painting.

Pharsalos was a provincial city-state in Thessaly, in eastern mainland Greece. It was allied to Athens to the south during the Persian wars, and enjoyed reasonable wealth during the fifth century BCE

Location of Original: 

Paris Louvre 701


Given by Dr C Waldstein, before 1889


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 117 (n.13-14), pl. 41.3
Johansen: the Attic Grave Reliefs of the Classical Period (1951), 140, fig.73
Hampe, R: Winckelmannsprogramm, pt.107 (1951), 5-
Picard: Revue des Etudes Grècques, 42 (1929), 131-
Langlotz: Frühgriechische Bildhauerschulen, 141, pl. 10
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 15, no.36

c.470-460 BCE

From Pharsalos in Thessaly

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