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Votive relief to Asklepios and his daughters

Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Votive relief to Asklepios and his daughters
Context: From Athens, Acropolis (S. Slope)
Findspot: Excavated at Athens, Acropolis, Asklepieion (South Slope)
Summary: Asklepios, Iaso, Panakeia, and a laborer
Object Function: Votive
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Stele, relief-decorated
Category: Separated fragments
Style: Late Classical
Technique: Low relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 400 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.26 m; W. (pres.) 0.28 m
Scale: Miniature (pictorial field)
Region: Attica
Period: Late Classical

Subject Description: In the center stands Asklepios, in 3/4-view to the right. He rests his weight on his forward left foot, and wears his himation around his waist. Behind him stand two of his daughters (probably Iaso and Panakeia), dressed in chitons, and shown in 3/4-view to the right. Across from them stands a man, at almost half the scale of Asklepios, dressed as a laborer, with conical pilos (helmet) and exomis. According to Karouzou, the accompanying inscription says that he is a wagon driver, who erected this relief as thanks to the god for saving him from danger.

Form & Style: This relief is not framed.

Condition: Single piece

Condition Description: Missing the right side and the upper left corner.

Material Description: "Pentelic" marble according to Svoronos

Inscription: According to Svoronos the name of the worshipper is inscribed above his head. Only the first two letters of each of two lines are preserved: *S*O*I*A*N[*E*Q*H*K*E]This may be translated as "So... dedicated this."

Associated Building: Athens, Asklepieion

Sources Used: Karouzou 1968, 140-41, pl. 42b; Svoronos 1903-12, 260-61, pl. 34