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The British Museum, London, United Kingdom

Artist/Maker Unknown

A siren carries a small female figure who reaches up with one hand to touch the chin of the creature (a traditional gesture of supplication) and may represent the soul of the dead. Beneath the siren is the figure of a mourning woman. Right panel from the north side of Kybernis' tomb, acropolis of Xanthos in Lycia, ca. 480 BC.

Dimensions H. 1.02 m (3 ft. 4 in.)

Credit line From the French excavations on the Acropolis of Xanthos

Accession number GR 1848.10-20.1 (Cat. Sculpture B 287)

Location Main floor, room 15, Greek & Rome

Photographer/Source Jastrow (2006)


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