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3624. Grave stele. Pentelic marble.

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Found west of Athens, in the ancient cemetery of the Kerameikos.
An Athenian lady seated on a chair with footstool looks at a piece
of jewellery held in her raised right hand and originally rendered
in paint. Opposite her, a sorrowful standing attendant holds an open jewellery
box on her mistress' lap.
According to the inscription on the epistyle, the deceased is Hegeso,
daughter of Proxenos. Her imporsing appearance along with the magnificence
of the family grave plot to which the stele belongs, indicate clearly
her noble origin.
Exquisite work that has been attributed to the sculptor Kallimachos
End of the 5th century BC.

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