Relief from Amphipolis, detail of smaller figure from left

Relief from Amphipolis, detail of smaller figure from right

Relief from Amphipolis, detail of goddess from left

Relief from Amphipolis, detail of smaller figure

Relief from Amphipolis, detail of goddess

Relief from Amphipolis, general view

Collection: Paris, Musée du Louvre
Title: Relief from Amphipolis
Context: Probably from Attica
Findspot: Said to be found at Amphipolis
Summary: Two women in peploi
Object Function: Funerary
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Stele, relief-decorated
Category: Single monument
Style: Late Classical
Technique: High relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 400 BC - ca. 375 BC

H 0.525 m, W 0.485 m, D 0.175 m

Scale: Under life-size
Region: Macedonia
Period: Late Classical

Subject Description: The grave relief consists of a plain stele (sides preserved, broken across the top) with figures of two women carved in extremely high relief. In a frontal view they appear to have been sculpted in the round. The woman on the right, presumably the deceased, faces the viewer. Her weight is on her right leg; the left leg is relaxed with the outer edge of the left foot raised slightly off the ground. She wears a belted peplos of heavy material. The overfold fans out smoothly over the fully bloused kolpos and hangs much lower directly below the arms. The garment forms wide vertical pleats on the proper right side, the straightness of the lines interrupted only over the right foot. Over the left leg the fabric catches at the ankle, where it forms a gentle curve over the calf. The woman holds her right hand to her face; in her left hand is a small box. The smaller woman on the left side also wears a belted peplos, with a longer overfold but without a kolpos. Her feet are shod in sandals. She held something out to the figure of the deceased. Her head, which is missing, was carved entirely in the round. They stand on a roughly worked plinth which has been cut back at either end.

Form & Style:

The surface behind the women originally formed the back wall of a naiskos.

Date Description:

The date is based on the style of the relief.

Condition: Single fragment

Condition Description:

The stele is broken roughly at the top and bottom. Most of the smaller figure on the left is preserved, except the head, forearms and part of the back. The larger figure on the right is also mostly extant; only the head, right hand, and left arm are missing, with some damage to the left shoulder area as well.

Material Description:

White, fine-grained marble

Collection History: Acquired by the Louvre in 1899 (gift of Boulgaridis).

Other Notes:

The tombstone was probably exported to Macedonia.

Sources Used: Charbonneaux 1963, 23; Picard/Manuel, 3.249

Other Bibliography: Clairmont 1993, 1.491-92, cat. 1.905 (ill.) (with more bibliography); Gernand 1975, 12.