circa 360-330 B.C.
FRAGMENTARY GRAVE STELE INSCRIBED FOR KALLISTOMACHE AND MNESEPHILE
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 7cm., 18½ by 12½ by 2¾in.
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Fragmentary as shown, with losses and abrasions on the surface overall.
On a modern metal stand.
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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, 19 February 1980, cat. no.163, illustrated)
Dr and Mrs Louk van Roozendaal, The Netherlands
Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, London
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, cat. no.201
Christoph W. Clairmont, Classical Attic Tombstones, vol. 2, Kilchberg, 1993, p.492, cat. no.2.406c, illustrated
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, cat. no.586, and p. 215, cat. no.101
Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, London, Ancient Art from the Van Roozendaal Collection, 2018, cat. no.30, illustrated
The name of Mnesiphile was added separately. There is no evidence that Mnesiphile was the daughter of Kallistomache.