Pentelic marble relief; scene of boy holding torch over altar, draped male figure (head lost) and three naked youths with feet of fourth visible; Greek text above. A dedication of a Gymnasiarch, the name of the votary is lost, upon gaining victory in one of the torch races in which the ephebi contended at various festivals.
- Made in: Attica
- Excavated/Findspot: Athens
- Height: 44.5 centimetres
- Width: 28 centimetres
Inscription TransliterationO DEINA L]AMPADI NIKESAS GYMNASIARCHON [ANETHEKEN
15 July 1997
Clean Fill and retouch base
The polychromy is mostly lost, with only a medium-brown color (possibly a restoration) remaining over much of the figures and some of the background, plus, here and there, well-adhered white flakes; an incised letter of the inscription has been embellished with an obviously not-original red. Marble is very fine-grained; the back and sides of the relief are tan, while the front appears off-white. There is erosion along the sides of the relief, and the lower right corner is lost and has been replaced with a right triangle of limestone with its angled edge abutting the relief. There is light dirt particularly on the marble where the polychromy has worn off. The relief sits on a lightly-soiled limestone base with a large (apprx. 3.75cm-long) crater along its front face and miscellaneous smaller losses at the bottom edge of its side and back faces; its right-front corner is missing. A 4.5cm-wide plaster strip covers the limestone along the edge abutting the relief and is painted a dark terracotta color; a narrow plaster strip along the join of the relief and the top of the base has holes, chips and an uneven edge and is painted yellow-beige.
Sculpture cleaned by brush and vacuum, followed by Wishab latex sponge (soft version), particularly where dirt concentrated; base lightly cleaned. Plaster strip on limestone triangle inpainted with acrylic colors to match the limestone; plaster at join with base patched, neatened and retouched. Losses in the base filled and corner reconstructed with Polyfilla vinyl plaster mixed with water and Vinamul 3252, which was also used to seal the stone before the fills were installed; fills and new corner retouched. Heavy cardstock, with edges painted to blend with the limestone, was attached with Vinamul 3252 tro the bottom of the base to protect the bottom edges during handling and storage. This work was carried out by Bonnie Baskin, intern.
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Object reference number: GAA63887
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