GRAVE STELE OF PHAIDONIDES AND LYSISTRATE

Dimensions
76 x 39 x 6 cm
Date
early 20th century
Period
Material
Inventory
Ag.562
ID
Hyp-5759

The lower part of the fragmentary stele shows two figures in relief within a sunk panel. On the left, there is a bearded, mature man leaning on a staff, who looks at the woman seated in front of him. The woman pulls her mantle over her head: the gesture refers to her married status. The right hand of the man and the woman — probably husband and wife — are clasped, which marks their togetherness even beyond the grave. The inscriptions engraved on the stele attest that it was originally made for the man (Phaidonides); the name of the woman (Lysistrate) was subsequently engraved.