Height: 83.750 cm
Width: 50.750 cm
GR 1805.7-3.183 (Sculpture 628)
A craftsman's grave
From: Athens, Greece
Date: around 420 BC
The object that this bearded man is holding is shaped like a foot; it is called a last, and is used by shoemakers to help them shape the new shoes. Although most people in ancient Greece were farmers, in larger villages and towns there were craftsmen like potters, tanners (who worked with animal skins), jewellers, carpenters and shoemakers.
This gravestone marked the burial place of a shoemaker called Xanthippos. If you look closely, you can just see his name carved above his head. The two small girls standing on either side of him may have been his daughters.