The stele is carved in relief with a nude, muscular youth in right profile. He wears a fillet over his short, curly hair, and carries a strigil in his right hand, displaying the blade against his left. The proper left side of the stele is engraved in Greek with an inscription, added later (perhaps 3rd century B.C.): "To be a memorial to you in your prime, Glaukotas, your mother dedicated this."


  • Title: Grave Stele of an Athlete
  • Physical Dimensions: 27 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. (69.2 x 49.5 x 11.1 cm)
  • Provenance: Said to be ex private collection, Ireland. Ex private collection, acquired from K. John Hewett (1919-1994), London, England, ca. 1958-1959. Purchased by MCCM from Robert Hecht Gallery, New York, New York.
  • Subject Keywords: Relief sculpture
  • Rights: © Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White
  • External Link: https://collections.carlos.emory.edu/objects/10159/
  • Medium: Marble (Paros 2)
  • Art Movement: Greek, perhaps Cycladic
  • Period/Style: Classical
  • Dates: ca. 470-450 BC
  • Classification: Greek and Roman Art

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