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Title: Attic funerary stele. Culture: Greek. Period: First half of 4th century B.C. Material: Marble, most probably from Mount Pentelicus. Size: Height 107 cm; width 82 cm Price: Available on consultation. Provenance: A private German collection. State of conservation: Fragmented as the lower half of the stele is missing. Its surface has suffered considerable erosion. Further information: The marble shows some elements of mica, indicating that the marble is certainly pentelic. The stele has the form of a naiskos with pillars and crowned with a fragmentary acroterion. The deceased woman is depicted seated to the left. She is wearing a chiton with a thin sleeve. She is holding her himation with the fingers of her left hand in such a way that the material can be seen in the air. She is holding a dove in her right hand. Her hair is held by a net allowing ringlets of hair to be seen of her forehead and temples. A standing feminine figure on the right is wearing a chiton and himation partly covering her head. This figure is raising her right hand to the veiled head in a grieving gesture. Pentelic marble comes from the marble quarries of Mount Pentelicus near Athens and was the marble most used in this city in work in the classical period both for architecture and monuments. Buildings like the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the Popileos on the Acropolis were constructed using this material. It is a marble of fine crystal with a slight amount of iron with the result that it obtains a subtle golden patina on due to oxidation on exposure to the air. Bibliography: -Hans Diepolder, Die Attischen Grabreliefs des 5. und 4. Jahrhunderts v. CHR. Berlin 1931. - Janet Brunett Grossman, Greek funerary sculpture. 2001 Getty Publications.