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. 380 BC - ca. 370 BC
Dimensions: P.H. 0.18 m; P.W. 0.23 m; Th. 0.08 m; P.H. (stele) 0.18 m; D. (relief) 0.005 m
Scale: Miniature (pictorial field)
Region: Attica
Period: Late Classical

Subject Description: Athena (upper half preserved, but heavily eroded) standing 3/4-view to the left, wearing a helmet that overlaps the border, raises her right hand, probably holding a painted spear, and rests her left elbow or hand on the shield leaning on her left side; a female figure at nearly the same scale, perhaps Boule (again, only the upper part is preserved), standing 3/4-view to the left, wearing a peplos or a chiton and a himation draped over her bent left arm, and a sakkos, holds her right hand at her side.

Form & Style: The relief is framed above by a moulding (H. 0.07 m) comprised of a worn upper course, an ovolo, and a plain fillet.

Condition: Single piece

Condition Description: A single fragment preserves part of the top and right edges, otherwise the piece is broken all around; back rough-picked; surface very worn and corroded.

Material Description: White, medium-grained marble

Sources Used: Meyer 1989, 281 A 54, pl. 18.1; LIMC, 3.146 s.v. Boule no. 12 (V. Komninos); Lawton 1984, 386-87 no. 206, pl. 107b; Hamdorf 1964, 95 no. 258f.; Papadaki 1960, 43 no. 4; Walter 1923, 17 no. 18 (ill.); Sybel 1881, 372 no. 5938.