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Votive relief showing Asklepios and his family

Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Votive relief showing Asklepios and his family
Context: From Athens, Acropolis (S. Slope)
Findspot: Excavated at Athens, Acropolis, Asklepieion (South Slope)
Summary: Seated Asklepios and his family
Object Function: Votive
Material: Marble?
Sculpture Type: Stele, relief-decorated
Category: Single monument
Style: Late Classical
Technique: Low relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 350 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.53 m; W. 0.68 m
Scale: Miniature (pictorial field)
Region: Attica
Period: Late Classical

Subject Description: Asklepios, seated on an elaborate stool, faces profile to the right. He is surrounded by several young female figures, probably his daughters (Akeso, Iaso, and Panakeia are noted in the inscription): Panakeia, the youngest, stands to his left side (i.e., she is shown behind him) and the god puts his arm around her. Another goddess, his wife Epione (identified by part of an inscription) sits in front of him. The lower portion of a kneeling boy (?), perhaps a worshipper, is shown in the lower right.

Condition: Fragmentary

Condition Description: Two fragments comprising the left third and part of the middle of a relief. The surface is in a poor state of preservation.

Technique Description: Near the daughters of Asklepios are inscribed their names: *P*A*N*A*K*E*I*A under the small girl; *I*A*S*W stands between Panakeia and Asklepios; *A*K*E*S*W, however, is inscribed beneath the figure of Asklepios (but probably belongs to the standing female figure farther to the left. Next to Epione (on the right) her name is inscribed: *H[*P*I*O*N*H]

Associated Building: Athens, Asklepieion

Sources Used: Karouzou 1968, 143; Svoronos 1903-12, 270-72, pl. 45.5