Marble grave stele of a youth, found in the bed of the Ilissos river in Athens
ca. 340 BC.
Grave stele, made of Pentelic marble. Found in 1874 in Athens, in the bed of Ilissos river. A nude youth leans against a pillar with crossed legs. In his left hand he holds a lagobolon (a stick for flinging at hares), which together with his dog sniffing the ground characterises him as a hunter. At the right side of the sculpture, the dead youth’s aged father looks at him in grief, leaning on his staff. In the holes on the hair of the two figures were attached metal wreaths. At the bottom of the stele, the young slave of the deceased, exhausted by his grief, has fallen half asleep on the steps. The plasticity of the young man’s body, which occupies the space with its monumental grandeur, indicates that it has been inspired by a free-standing statue of a hero. This outstanding monument, originally in the form of a naiskos (small temple), has been attributed to the Parian sculptor Skopas, or to a sculptor from his workshop.
Height 1,68 m., width 1,10 m.