Flame-Palmette Finial for a Funerary Stele (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

mid-4th century BC
Greek (Attic)
Attica, Greece
Overall: 29 × 18 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (73.66 × 46.99 × 11.43 cm)
This style of the palmette became common in Athenian funerary art in the 4th century. The lower part of the stele (pillar) was decorated with a depiction of a loutophoros (a vessel used for water in wedding and funerary rituals), only the top of which survives. The inscription was carved freehand using letter forms typical of the mid-4th century.
Inscribed: Philoneios of Prosopalta
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Mayo, Margaret Ellen, and Heather S. Russell. Ancient Art: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1998. (pp. 58-59)
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