1861 : Grave stele. Thespian marble. Found in the outskirts of Thebes.
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Two figures, a bearded man with a staff on the right and a spinning (?)
woman on the left, sit facing each other. Three more figures, two men
and a woman, stand in the background. A very small female attendand is
represented at far left.
Characteristic attributes are the pomegranate and torch (?)
held by the standing bearded man in his left hand, as well as the aryballos
in the right hand of the beardless youth. The solemnity of the
relief, which is emphasized by the
rhythmic arrangement of the magnificent figures in two levels, points
to the heroization of the dead - a fact that accords with the
Boeotian origin of the stele.
End of the fifth century B.C.
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire