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A FRAGMENTARY ATTIC GRAVE STELE INSCRIBED FOR KALLISTOMACHE AND MNESEPHILE, CIRCA 360-330 B.C.

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 40,000 GBP

A FRAGMENTARY ATTIC GRAVE STELE INSCRIBED FOR KALLISTOMACHE AND MNESEPHILE, CIRCA 360-330 B.C.

A FRAGMENTARY ATTIC GRAVE STELE INSCRIBED FOR KALLISTOMACHE AND MNESEPHILE, CIRCA 360-330 B.C.

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 40,000 GBP

A FRAGMENTARY ATTIC GRAVE STELE INSCRIBED FOR KALLISTOMACHE AND MNESEPHILE, CIRCA 360-330 B.C.


carved in high relief within an architectural frame with two female heads facing each other, one with straight, the other with curly hair, the architrave engraved with two lines of Greek inscription reading ΚΑΛΛΙΣΤΟΜΑΧΗ ΦΙΛΟΚΩΜΙΔΟΥ ΜΝΗΣΙΦΙΛΗ / ΧΑΙΡΕΣΤΡΑΤΟΥ ΓΥΝΗ ΜΥΡΡ‹Ι›ΝΟΥΣΙΟΥ ("Kallistomache, daughter of Philokomides, wife of Chairestratos, from Myrrhinous. Mnesiphile"); no restorations.

47 by 32 by 7 cm.

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acquired in Greece in the 1920s by an engineer working on the Piraeus-Athens railway

French private collection, 1920s-1946

estate of Robert Debus, Strasbourg, 1892-1971 (Münzen und Medaillen AG, Auktion 56, Kunstwerke der Antike, February 19th, 1980, no. 163, illus.)

Dr and Mrs Louk van Roozendaal, The Netherlands

Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, London

acquired from the above by the present owner


Published

Jean Bingen, "Épitaphe attique du IVe siècle," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, vol. 38, 1980, p. 102

Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, vol. 30, 1980, p. 83, no. 201

Christoph W. Clairmont, Classical Attic Tombstones, vol. 2, Kilchberg, 1993, p. 492, no. 2.406c, illus.

R. van Beek et al., "De volmaakte mens," Vereniging van Vrienden Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam, vol. 59/60, 1994, p. 33, fig. 48

Johannes Bergemann, Demos und Thanatos, Munich, 1997, p. 173, no. 586, and p. 215, no. 101

Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, London, Ancient Art from the Van Roozendaal Collection, 2018, no. 30, illus.


The name of Mnesiphile was added separately. There is no evidence that Mnesiphile was the daughter of Kallistomache.