Lot 447

Large Hellenistic marble fragment of a grave stele with servant
Height: 47.5 cm.
Greek, 4th-3rd century B.C.

With French antique passport.

Marble fragment of an eastern Greek grave stele showing a young woman standing with her weight on her left leg and the right one slightly bent. She is wearing a peplo that reaches the ground in long vertical folds and a belt crossed in front of her chest with a central brooch. Her hair falls in long wavy strands over her shoulder onto her back. This is probably the representation of a young servant looking up at her deceased mistress. In her left hand she is holding a small box on the side, which might be interpreted as a jewelry box. The servant would use it to deliver the grave decoration to her mistress. Socketed. Large fragment of beautiful quality with old patina.

Provenance:
French private collection Julien Bessonneau (1842-1916).
Acquired between 1970 and 1980 by Yvette and Jacques Deschamps, France. Since then in family ownership under collection no. 124. (1240073) (10)