31 × 33.5 cm
first half of the 3rd century B.C.
The youth on the right holds a ball in his right hand, while his servant carries the customary equipment for personal hygiene: a bottle filled with scented oil (aryballos), a scraper (strigilis), and a sponge. The youth was thus immortalised by his loved ones as a good athlete – and at the same time as a good citizen.
Marble analyses conducted by Danielle Decrouez (Geneva, Museum of Natural History) and Karl Ramseyer (University of Bern, Institute of Geological Sciences) have shown that the stela was made of Parian (Choriodaki) marble. Click here for the detailed results.