Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Relief from a document (?)
Context: From Athens
Findspot: Said to be found at Athens, probably Acropolis
Object Function: Honorary?
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Stele, relief-decorated
Category: Separated fragments
Style: Late Classical
Technique: Low relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 400 BC - ca. 375 BC
Dimensions: D. (relief) 0.035 mAthens, Acropolis 2549 m: P.H. 0.25 m; P.W. 0.375 m; Th. 0.16 mAthens, Acropolis 2717: P.H. 0.28 m; P.W. 0.29 m; Th. 0.16 m
Scale: Miniature (pictorial field)
Region: Attica
Period: Late Classical

Subject Description:

Athens, Acropolis 2717: A male figure (?, only the lower right portion of drapery remains), standing to the right (?), perhaps Demos; a hoplite (preserved from hips to calves), standing near frontal, slightly to the right, with his weight on his left leg, and his right leg relaxed, wearing a cuirass (only flaps at the bottom remain), over a short chiton, and a chlamys (the lower right corner is preserved, superimposed on the drapery of the female), with an upright spear (?) behind a large round shield in the field to the right, which he slightly overlaps with his left leg.

Athens, Acropolis 2549: A large female figure, perhaps a goddess, preserved from middle of the torso to the knees), standing 3/4-view to the left, wearing a belted peplos, and a himation falling down her back just below waist level, holds her slightly bent left arm at her side, and probably raised her right hand (perhaps to hold a crown?); a smaller female figure, perhaps Boule (preserved from neck to hips), standing 3/4-view to the left, wearing a belted peplos and a himation, raises her right arm (forearm and hand missing), bent at the elbow, probably to hold her veil over her right shoulder, and raises her left hand (missing entirely), probably to hold an upright spear (?).

Condition: Fragmentary

Condition Description: Two non-joining fragments (associated first by Walter). Acropolis 2549: Broken all around edges; back rough-picked; surface worn, chipped, and spalling, with cracks and gray and tan stains all over, especially on the back; a reddish-brown iron stain on the left arm of the first figure. Athens, Acropolis 2717: Broken all around edges; back rough-picked; surface worn and chipped, marble spalling and chipped away on relief figures; slight orange stains (where pitted) around the top of the shield and spear, with some brown adhesions (on drapery); white plaster adhesions around the broken edges; a modern dowel hole (diam. ca. 0.02 m; D. ca. 0.07 m) on the lower edge (break), immediately below the left leg of the hoplite; a deep crack near the spear and shield.

Material Description: White, medium-grained marble

Sources Used: Lawton 1984, 366-67 no. 180, pl. 94b; Walter 1923, 5 no. 4a (ill.); Sybel 1881, 366 no. 5702 (Acropolis 2717), 396 no. 6416 (Acropolis 2549).