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Marble grave of a youth and a little girl

Marble grave of a youth and a little girl





Artist : Anonymous

Date : near 530 B.C.

Material : Marble
Acquisition : (1911)
Item 9 on 25
Greek Antiquities
Sculpture

Area related
Athènes (Greece)

Description   

This is the most complete monument of its type to have survived from the Archaic period. Fragments were acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1911, 1921, 1936, 1938 and 1951. The capital and crowning sphinx are cast of the originals, displayed in a case nearby.

The youth is shown as an athlete with an aryballos suspended from its wrist. He holds a pomegranate, a fruit associated with fecundity and death in Greek myths - perhaps indicating that he has reached puberty before his death. The little girl, presumably a younger sister, holds a flower.

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