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Plangon Stele, from left

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Plangon Stele, detail of figure, lower part

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Plangon Stele, detail of doll

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Plangon Stele, closer view of relief field

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Plangon Stele, torso of figure from left

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Plangon Stele, frontal view

Collection: Munich, Glyptothek
Title: Grave stele of Plangon
Context: Probably from Athens
Findspot: Found near Syntagma Square, Athens
Summary: Female child with doll and goose
Object Function: Funerary
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Stele, relief-decorated
Category: Single monument
Style: Late Classical
Technique: Low relief
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

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

Subject Description:

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

Condition Description:

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.

Material Description:

Pentelic marble


On the epistyle: *P*L*A*N*G*W*N, "Plangon."

Inscription Bibliography:

IG II2 12461

Collection History: Once in a private collection in Athens. Purchased on the Munich art market in 1899.

Other Notes:

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.

Sources Used: Clairmont 1993, 1.188-89, cat. 0.869a (ill.); Vierneisel-Schlörb 1988, no. 12, pl. 25f

Other Bibliography: Cavalier 1988, 288, fig. 6; Ohly 1986, Saal 4 no. 6; Woysch-Méautis 1982, no. 104 pl. 34; Schmidt 1977, 68, fig. 5; Ritti 1974, 197, 650 no. 6, pl. 109.1; Rühfel 1974, 174, fig. 72; Reuterswärd 1960, 56; Dörig, AntK 1 (1958) 45, pl. 23.1; Klein 1932, 11, pl. 10E and n. 118; Wolters 1909, 11 ff., fig. 5; Kastriotis, ArchEph 1901, 125 f., fig. 2; Auktion Helbig 2.5.1899, no. 313; Conze 1893-1922, no. 815, pl. 156