Large Hellenistic Marble Fragment of a Funerary Stele with a Servant

Culture: Greek
Period: 4th-3rd century B.C.
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 47.5 cm high
Price: 9 800 Euro
Ref: 2298
Provenance: French private collection Julien Bessonneau (1842-1916). Between 1970 and 1980 acquired from Yvette and Jacques Deschamps, France. Since then with the collection number 124 in the family estate. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Large fragment of beautiful quality with an old patina.
Description: Marble fragment of an eastern Greek funerary stele depicting a young woman standing with her weight on her left leg and the right one slightly bent. She wears a peplos with long vertical pleats reaching to the ground and a belt crossed before her chest with a brooch in the centre. Her hair cascades in long wavy strands over her shoulders on the back. This is possibly the depiction of a young servant looking up to her deceased lady. In her left hand she holds a small box on the side, possibly a small jewellery box. The servant would therefore hand over the grave jewellery to her lady.