About this artwork
These three figures are chiseled so deeply into the stone that they, like the head of the man on the left, are carved nearly in the round. From the preserved portions of the males’ right arms, it is clear they were clasping hands—a gesture signifying farewell in funerary scenes. Their impassive expressions contrast with the poignant gaze and gesture of the woman in the center, who places her right hand, palm up, on the standing man’s shoulder. Perhaps he is the one who has died.
- Ancient Greek
- Fragment of a Funerary Naiskos (Monument in the Shape of a Temple)
- 330 AD
- 152.4 × 111.8 × 33 cm (60 × 44 × 13 in.)
- Alexander White Collection