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Grave Stele

4th century BCE
27 15/16 x 18 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (71 x 47.7 x 9.5 cm)

Unknown, Greek
Greek

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Pentelic marble
Credit Line: Helen Barrett Montgomery Bequest
Accession Number: 1936.54
Location: Currently on view
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This gravestone depicts the classic Greek funerary image of the dexiosis, or handshake, between a husband and wife. This motif either refers to a final farewell or is symbolic of a couple reunited in death. Athenian workshops probably mass produced these gravestones, which were then transported to other areas and inscribed with the names of the deceased at the time of purchase. On this stele, the names Kleitomache and Eumachos appear above the heads of the figures.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Dimarchion [city hall], Salamis, Greece, ca. 1900; Joseph Brummer, New York (dealer); purchased from him by the Gallery in 1936

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