Lamella Orphica

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Lamella Orphica






Greece (Place created)


second half of 4th century B.C.




2.2 × 3.7 × 0.1 cm (7/8 × 1 7/16 × 1/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Lenore Barozzi

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Flat rectangular gold sheet with an inscription. Translation after Graf and Johnston (2007):

I (masculine) am parched with thirst and am dying; but grant me to drink
from the ever-flowing spring. On the right is a white cypress.
'Who are you? Where are you from?' I am a son of Earth and starry sky.
But my race is heavenly.

- 1975

Lenore Barozzi (Chicago, Illinois), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1975.


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