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tombstone

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1825,0713.1

  • Description

    Marble tombstone showing a beardless, muscular youth taking an oil flask (lekythos) from a boy attendant. The scene is framed within an architectural setting and on the side of one of the pilasters is an inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 350BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.98 metres (about)
    • Width: 1.14 metres (about)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
  • Curator's comments

    This grave stone (stele) is more likely to have been discovered on the island of Rheneia than on Delos. Delos was a sacred island and it was forbidden to bury anyone there. Those about to die or give birth were quickly sent across the narrow channel to the neighbouring island of Rheneia, which had a large cemetery.

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  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 625 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G20

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.114
    1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.114
    1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.114

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    18 November 1993

    Treatment proposal

    Remove graffiti

    Condition

    Pastel marks, grime marks.

    Treatment details

    Removed using Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and a 1:1 mix of White Spirit and Distilled Water plus Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate), then White Spirit applied on cotton-wool swabs.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1825

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1825,0713.1

Marble tombstone: a youth taking an oil flask from a boy attendant. On the side of one of the pilasters is an inscription.

Marble tombstone: a youth taking an oil flask from a boy attendant. On the side of one of the pilasters is an inscription.

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