Archaic. Cast of the original in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Greek, marble, ca. 520 BCE.
Found on the coast of Attica in 1839, the richly painted stele was originally crowned with a palm motif. The inscription to Aristion appears on the base, while the artist’s name, Aristokles, is inscribed near the depiction of the warrior. The funerary stele is one of the oldest Greek types yet discovered.
A stele is a stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected for funerals or commemorative purposes and usually decorated with the names and titles of the deceased or living — inscribed, carved in relief or painted onto the slab.
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