The marble grave stele of Hegeso, found in Kerameikos, Athens
Grave stele, made of Pentelic marble, found in 1870 in the ancient cemetery of the Kerameikos. An Athenian lady seated on a chair, her feet resting on a footstool, looks at a piece of jewellery held in her raised right hand, originally rendered in paint. Opposite her, a sorrowful standing attendant holds an open jewellery box. According to the inscription on the epistyle, the deceased is Hegeso, daughter of Proxenos. Her imposing appearance, along with the magnificence of the family grave plot, to which the stele belongs, indicate clearly her noble origin. Exquisite work, that has been attributed to the sculptor Kallimachos.
Height 1,56 m., width 0,97 m.