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A Greek Marble Grave Stele, Ionia, circa late 2nd Century B.C.
of slightly tapering form and surmounted by a pediment crowned with an acroterion, carved in relief within a recessed panel with two youths shaking hands, each wearing a chiton and himation; no restorations.
63.5 by 34 by 10 cm.
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Provenance

Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris
Joseph Brummer, Paris, inv. no. P83, acquired from the above prior to December 31st, 1924, sent to the New York gallery on June 27th, 1921 (http://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16028coll9/id/22237)
Mina Merrill Prindle (1864-1963), 2211 Greysolon Road, Duluth, Minnesota, and 1131 Hillcrest Avenue, Pasadena, California, acquired from the above on June 4th, 1930 (a previous sale dated December 17th, 1929 was cancelled for tax reasons)
thence by descent to the present owners

Catalogue Note

For a closely related example cf. the stele of Antiochis from the Samos Archaeological Museum in Vathy, inv. no. 256: R. Horn, Hellenistische Bildwerke auf Samos (Samos 12), 1972, p. 153 f., no. 132, pl. 73. 96 (E. Pfuhl and H. Möbius, Die ostgriechischen Grabreliefs, vol. 1, 1977, p. 192f., no. 708, pl. 106; http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/216997). The funerary inscription and certain details, such as the palmette within the acroterion, were probably originally painted.

Mina Merrill Prindle appears to have had a particular fondness for ancient objects carved from warm and luminous stones, as evidenced by her Egyptian alabaster vases (and a headrest) sold at Sotheby's, New York, December 2016, nos. 1-8.

For an archival photograph showing the present stele in the Brummer Gallery at 43 East 57th Street, New York, sometime between 1924 and 1930, see http://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16028coll9/id/56132.

Ancient Marbles: Classical Sculpture and Works of Art

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