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Grave Stele of Menekrates

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Grave Stele of Menekrates




East Greek


Asia Minor (Place Created)


about 150 B.C.



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55 × 30.5 × 6 cm (21 5/8 × 12 × 2 3/8 in.)

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- 1754

Dr Richard Mead, English, 1673 - 1754

1754 - 1755

Estate of Dr Richard Mead, English, 1673 - 1754 [sold, A. Langford, Covent Gardens, London, March 11, 1755, lot 19, to possibly John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll.]

1755 -

possibly John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll, 1693 - 1770

after 1848/by 1872

William Lowther, 2nd earl of Lonsdale, English, 1787 - 1872 (Lowther Castle, Cumbria, England), by inheritance to his heirs, 1872.

1872 - 1876

Henry Lowther, 3rd Earl of Lonsdale, 1818 - 1876, by inheritance to his heirs, 1876.

1876 - 1882

St George Henry Lowther, 4th Earl of Lonsdale, 1855 - 1882, by inheritance to his heirs, 1882.

1882 - 1944

Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale, 1857 - 1944, by inheritance to his heirs, 1944.

1944 - 1953

Lancelot Edward Lowther, 6th Earl of Lonsdale, 1867 - 1953, by inheritance to his heirs, 1953.

1953 - 1969

James Hugh William Lowther, 7th earl of Lonsdale, 1922 - 2006 [sold, Sotheby's, London, July 1, 1969, lot 131, to Royal Athena Galleries.]

1969 - 1971

Royal Athena Galleries, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.

Provenance Remarks: Annotated copies of the Richard Mead sale catalogue confirm that this stele was purchased together with another with an inscription that begins "ΖΟΣΙΜΟΣ ΑΣΠΑΣΙΑΣ" [Zosimos Aspasias] by "General Campbell." On the use of "General Campbell" as an alias at auctions by John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll, see Brooke, Xanthe. Mantegna to Rubens: The Weld-Blundell Drawings Collection. (London: Merrell Holberton, 1998), p. 21.


A. Langford, Covent Garden, London. Museum Meadianum: sive, catalogus nummorum, veteris aevi, monumentorum, ac gemmarum, cum aliis quibuidam, artis recentoris et naturae operibus, quae vir clarissimus, Richard Mead, M.D., nuper defunctis comparaverat. Musei Meadiani Pars Altera: quae veteris aevi Monumenta ac Gemmas...  sale cat.,  March 11, 1755, p. 239.

Langford, A. A Catalogue of the Genuine and Entire Collection of Valuable Gems, Bronzes, Marble and other Busts and Antiquities of the late Doctor Mead... (May 11th, 1755).

Michaelis, Adolf. "Die Privatsammlungen antiker Bildwerke in England." Archaeologische Zeitung 32 (1875), p. 43, no. 22 (under Lowther Castle).

Michaelis, Adolf Theodor Friedrich. Ancient Marbles in Great Britain (Cambridge: University Press, 1882), p. 496, no. 55.

Sotheby's, London. Sale cat., July 1, 1969, lot no. 131.

Alex G. Malloy. Ancient Art and Antiquities. Catalogue. (New York: Alex Malloy, 1971), p. 35, no. 84, inside back cover, ill.

Vermeule, Cornelius, and Norman Neuerberg. Catalogue of the Ancient Art in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973), p. 15, no. 28.

Pfuhl, Ernst, and Hans Möbius. Die ostgriechischen Grabreliefs. (Mainz: Von Zabern, 1977), vol II, no. 1538.

Frel, Jiří. Antiquities in the J. Paul Getty Museum: A Checklist; Sculpture I: Greek Originals (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1979), pp. 23-24, no. 91.

Petzl, Georg, ed. Die Inschriften von Smyrna. Vol. I, Grabschriften, postume Ehrungen, Grabepigramme (Bonn: Habelt, 1982), p. 52, no. 185.

Butz, Patricia. Exequial paleographics: A catalogue of the later inscriptions in Greek on the funerary stones of the J. Paul Getty Museum. MA thesis. (University of Southern California, 1987), pp. 50-57, pl. II, sheet 2, fig. 2.

Bodel, John, and Stephen Tracy. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist (New York: American Academy in Rome, 1997), p. 8.

Grossman, Janet Burnett. Greek Funerary Sculpture: Catalogue of the Collections at the Getty Villa (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), pp. 115-16, cat. no. 42.