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Funerary stele with a farewell scene

Funerary stele with a farewell scene

Funerary stele with a farewell scene

Pentelic marble

H: 81; W: 50 cm

Accession number:

80.50.61

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

Steles like these were clearly related to the more personal aspects of people’s lives, but since they stood in public places, they were also designed to impress passersby. The deceased is probably the seated woman, who holds the hand of one of her relatives. One man rests his chin on his hand, a gesture symbolizing mourning.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Chronicles of the Land, Archaeology in the Israel Museum Jerusalem, Dayagi-Mendels Michal, and Rozenberg, Silvia (eds.), The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 2010