by 1973 -
Robin Symes, Limited, founded 1977, dissolved 2005
by 1976 -
Walter Randel, American, (New York, New York)
by 1982 - 1983
Artemis Fine Arts Ltd. (Luxembourg), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.
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Grave Stele of Philoxenos with his Wife, Philoumene
Greece (Attica) (Place Created)
about 400 B.C.
102.2 × 44.5 × 16.5 cm (40 1/4 × 17 1/2 × 6 1/2 in.)
Philoxenos, wearing the armor of a warrior, tands before his wife Philomene, clasping her hand, on this stele (gravestone) from Athens. The figures were originally elaborated with painted details. A Greek inscription engraved above them identifies the couple. The handshake motif, or dexiosis, was a symbolic gesture that could represent a simple farewell, a reunion in the afterlife, or an ongoing connection between the deceased and the living.
It is often difficult to tell which figure represents the deceased on grave markers of the late 400s B.C. The living rarely display sorrow or grief. Instead, their calm, expressionless faces reproduce the idealized features and detachment that prevailed in the sculptural style of Athens at this time. Philoxenos, here represented as a soldier, probably distinguished himself in combat.
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