Funerary stela of a metal worker
30.6 x 17.8 x 8.5 cm
Man clad in a short sleeved chiton and a mantle, standing to front within a simplified architectural frame, his arms raised in a gesture of prayer. He holds a hammer in his right hand – the symbol of his profession was added to the figure of the deceased upon the purchase of the stela and the carving of the inscription.
The three-line Greek inscription mentions both the name and profession of the deceased: Apollodoros was a bronze worker (chalceus).
Material 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 Egyptian limestone. Click here for the detailed results.