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A GREEK MARBLE FUNERARY STELE
A GREEK MARBLE FUNERARY STELE

LATE CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 350-325 B.C.

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A GREEK MARBLE FUNERARY STELE
LATE CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 350-325 B.C.
Surmounted by a pediment with acroteria, the recessed central panel sculpted in shallow relief with three figures, to the left, a woman seated on a diphros-stool topped with a cushion, her feet resting on a foot-stool, wearing a chiton and a himation, her hair bound, her right hand extending towards a young female who stands before her, clad in a chiton and himation, her hair bound, her right hand reaching out to the seated figure, between the two kneels a young girl with short hair, wearing chiton and with both hands extended, a two-line inscription in Greek above reading: ?O???S/ ??S???O????, 'Dorias, daughter of Poseidonios'
30 ¾ in. (78 cm.) high
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Found in Chalcis, Euboea; recorded in Eduard Schaubert's travel notes, 1844.
Private collection, France, acquired prior to 1994.
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Please note that the Greek inscription reads '?O???S/ ??S???O????' - DORIAS POSEIDONIOU.

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PUBLISHED:
A. R. Rangabé, ‘Mémoire sur la Partie Méridionale de L’Ile D’Eubée’ in Mémoires présentés par divers savants à l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres de L’Institut de France, séries 1, vol. III, Paris, 1853, pp.197-201.
A. R. Rangabé, Antiquités Helléniques ou Répertoire D’Inscriptions et D’Autres Antiquités, vol. II, Athens, 1855, no. 2476c.
E. Ziebarth (ed.), Inscriptiones Graecae Insularum, vol. XII, fasc. 9, Berlin, 1915, ‘Inscriptiones Euboeae Insulae’, no. 1012.

For similar cf. 'Grave stele for Mynnia, circa 370 B.C.', The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, inv. no. 71.AA.121.

Eduard Schaubert (1804-1860), State Architect and Director of Public Works at King Otto’s Court, was an archaeology enthusiast and travelled extensively throughout Greece between 1830-1850. In 1844, he visited Euboea, making detailed recordings of his findings in notebooks. Several years later, in 1850-51, the scholar and diplomat Alexandre Rangabé (1810-1892) also embarked on a tour of Euboea and made a study of his discoveries. The present lot was found in the North-Eastern cemetery in Chalcis, the only one out of the nine recorded by Rangabé at this time to feature a relief. He dated eight of the inscriptions, including this one, to the age of Alexander the Great, based on epigraphical style and the state of preservation of the tombs. In 1844, Rangabé was appointed Professor of Archaeology at the University of Athens and he also headed the Archaeological Society in Athens, with the aim of discovering and preserving ancient ruins. Together with Heinrich Schliemann, he worked extensively on the Acropolis and on the former’s research into the treasure of Troy.

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