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Geneleos Group from Heraion, Samos

Title: Geneleos Group
Context: From Samos, Sanctuary of Hera
Findspot: Excavated at Samos, Heraion
Summary: Group of six statues, one seated at each end
Object Function: Votive
Sculptor: Signed by Geneleos
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Statuary group
Style: High Archaic
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 560 BC - ca. 550 BC
Dimensions: The length of the statue base is 6.08 m
Scale: Life-size
Region: Sporades
Period: High Archaic

Subject Description: A long rectangular statue base supported a family group of six, comprised of a seated woman, perhaps a young boy, three girls, and finally a reclining woman (?). The artist's signature is on the first figure (Phileia), and the dedicator's name is on the last (Samos 768).

Condition: Fragmentary

Condition Description: See individual entries.

Inscription: On the legs of the first figure, Phileia, is the dedicatory inscription: *H*M*A*S *E*P*O*I*H*S*E *G*E*N*E*L*E*O*S, "Geneleos made us." The last figure carries the dedicatory inscription: [...]*O*X*H *E*I*M*I *H *K*A*N[*E]*Q*H*K*E *T*H*I *H*R*H*I, "I am ...oche, who has also dedicated it to Hera."

Sources Used: Boardman 1978a, fig. 91; Freyer-Schauenburg 1974, 106-30 nos. 58-63, pls. 44-53, 73 (with previous bibliography); Richter 1968, 49-50 no. 67