Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Relief from an honorary decree
Context: From Athens
Findspot: Found at Athens, probably Acropolis
Object Function: Honorary
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Stele, relief-decorated
Category: Separated fragments
Style: Late Classical/Hellenistic
Technique: Low relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 350 BC - ca. 325 BC
Dimensions: P.H. 0.3 m; P.W. 0.52 m; Th. 0.13 m; P.H. (stele) 0.53 m; D. (relief) 0.015 m
Scale: Miniature (pictorial field)
Region: Attica
Period: Late Classical/Hellenistic

Subject Description: A female figure, probably Boule, standing near frontal, slightly to the right, inclining her head to the right, wearing a chiton and a himation draped over her head, holds her right arm across her torso beneath her breasts, and rests her left hand on her hip; a bearded male honorand (shown on a smaller scale), standing frontal, wearing a short chiton (?) and a himation draped over both shoulders, holds his hands at his sides; Athena (preserved only below the shoulders, but clearly on a larger scale than the other female figure), standing 3/4-view to left, wearing a belted peplos and a diagonal aegis without a gorgoneion, raises her right hand to crown the honorand, while she rests her left hand on the rim of her shield.

Form & Style: The relief is framed by antae tapering in width up from 0.058 m to 0.05 m, with capitals (H. 0.03 m), supporting an entablature with schematic (relief) antefixes (H. 0.125 m).

Condition: Single piece

Condition Description: One fragment preserving most of the top and both sides of the relief; broken at the upper right corner and along the bottom. Back: rough-picked (as on upper right of front), with three modern dowel holes, one above (diam. 0.023 m; D. 0.071 m), and two below (left: diam. 0.031 m, D. 0.0121 m; right: diam. 0.031 m; D. 0.125 m); surface battered, and corroded; some modern plaster adhesions on bottom of relief.

Material Description: White, medium-grained marble

Sources Used: Lawton 1995, 141-42 no. 140, pl. 74 (with previous bibliography).