Three Muses relief

Three Muses relief. Below: NM 217; above: NM 216

Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Three Muses relief
Context: From Mantinea
Findspot: Found at Mantinea (in August 1887)
Summary: Three Muses
Object Function: Cult
Sculptor: Attributed to the workshop of Praxiteles
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Statue base, relief-decorated
Category: Separated fragments
Style: Late Classical
Technique: Medium relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 330 BC - ca. 320 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.97 m, L. 1.365 m
Scale: Under life-size
Region: Arcadia
Period: Late Classical
In Whole: Mantinea statue base

Subject Description:

Three heavily draped Muses: one standing at left holding an aulos or double pipe, one standing in center holding scroll, one sitting on rock at right holding a scroll or a musical instrument.

Condition: Nearly complete

Condition Description: This one (of perhaps four original relief plaques) is reconstructed from three joining pieces, preserving most of the plaque; chipped heavily on the plinth and upper edge, and slightly pitted on the surface.

Sources Used: Boardman 1995, fig. 28.2; Karouzou 1968, 167-168; Svoronos 1903-12, 179, pl. 30.1.