Grave Stele of Hegeso
Date ca. 410-400 BCE
Movement Greek | Classical
Provenance Kerameikos, Athens, Greece
Housed at National Archaeological Museum, Athens
Beneath a pediment and between two engaged columns, Hegesor is presented jewelry by a servant girl. The Pheidian elements include deeply cut gowns and smooth, idealized faces. The shallow relief of the servant girl’s left arm and Hegeso’s veil ease so gently into the stone that they suggest more of an empty space in the background as opposed to a flat surface. Grave markers such as these became wildly popular at this time, helping to spread the Pheidian style far beyond Athens.