|Title:||Grave stele of Plangon|
|Context:||Probably from Athens|
|Findspot:||Found near Syntagma Square, Athens|
|Summary:||Female child with doll and goose|
|Sculpture Type:||Stele, relief-decorated|
|Original or Copy:||Original|
|Date:||ca. 325 BC|
H 0.738 m, W at lower edge 0.53 m, H of relief (head of girl) 0.07 m, H of girl 0.53 m
A duck stands profile to the right, looking up at a doll, held in the hand of a young girl, probably Plangon. Plangon stands in 3/4-view to the left, looking down at the bird. She wears slippers, a high-belted, short-sleeved chiton with shoulder cords, and a stephane around her short curly hair. She holds the doll in her upraised left hand, and a bird in her left hand, held at her side. In the background plane, as if hanging on a wall, are articulated a large bag, which may have contained astragaloi (knucklebones), and two objects that are not easily identified: Clairmont (188) reports the Vierneisel-Schlörb believes they are krotala. The objects seem to be oversized, perhaps to emphasize the girl's small size, and youth.
Form & Style:
The scene is enlcosed in a naiskos comprised of antae supporting a narrow architrave, with shallow pediment above. The pediment is only decorated with one central akroterion.
Condition: Nearly complete
Flakes of stone broken away from pediment, antae, base, head of goose and doll. Surface generally well preserved. Traces of red paint on relief background, angular objects in upper left corner and legs of goose.
On the epistyle:
IG II2 12461
Collection History: Once in a private collection in Athens. Purchased on the Munich art market in 1899.
The name, which means "doll," might refer to the doll held by the child, but more likely to the girl represented, who is presumably the deceased individual.
AntK 1 (1958) 45, pl. 23.1; ArchEph 1901, 125 f., fig. 2