Lot 11
  • 11

A Greek Marble Grave Stele, Attic, Circa 3rd Quarter of the 4th Century B.C.

300,000 - 500,000 USD
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  • A Greek Marble Grave Stele
  • Marble
  • 38 1/2 by 15 3/4 in. 97.8 by 40 cm.
carved in high relief with the Boeotian youth Onatoridas standing in three-quarter view to left, his small dog jumping up towards a dove held  in his extended right hand, and wearing soft shoes and an himation falling from his left shoulder and covering the left arm and hand, his thick wavy hair surmounted by a stephane, the stele crowned by a low pediment with central akroterion flanked by fragmentary lateral akroteriae, the inscription [Ona]toridas the Boeotian carved on the architrave; faint traces of blue and red pigment.


Michael Melas, found on his property in Athens on June 27th, 1877
English private collection (Sotheby's, London, October 19th, 1964, no. 167, illus., sold to Spink & Son, Ltd., London)


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (acc. nos. L.64.81 and L.1988.81.6), from 1964 to 2011


Parnassos, vol. I, 1877, p. 715
Revue archéologique, N.S., 1878, p. 57
Alexander Conze, Die attischen Grabreliefs, vol. II, I, Berlin, 1900, p. 207, no. 963, pl. CXCII
Country Life, vol. 136, 1964, p. 1268
B.F. Cook, "An Attic Grave Stele in New York," Antike Plastik, vol. 9, 1969, p. 65, no. 4
Christiane Vorster, Griechische Kinderstatuen, doct. diss., Bonn, 1983, pp. 19f.
Hilde Rühfel, Das Kind in der griechischen Kunst, Mainz, 1984, p. 168
Konstantin Yfantidis, Die Polychromie der hellenistischen Plastik, doct. diss., Mainz, 1984, pp. 18f., cat. no. 14
Daphné Woysch-Méautis, La représentation des animaux et des êtres fabuleux sur les monuments funéraires grecs de l'époque archaïque à la fin du IVe siècle av. J.C., Lausanne, 1982, no. 159, pl. 26
Olga Hirsch-Dyczek, Les représentations des enfants sur les stèles funéraires attiques, Warsaw, 1983, p. 37
Christopher Clairmont, Classical Attic Tombstones, vol. I, Kilchberg, 1993, pp. 173-174, no. 0.849, illus.