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Siren with a Kithara from a Grave Monument
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Siren with a Kithara from a Grave Monument


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description This expressive figure of a mournful siren playing the kithara, a musical instrument like a lyre, originally crowned a funerary monument. Sirens were mythical creatures that were part-woman, part-bird, who, while best known as temptresses, also used their powers of song to praise men of great fame, and thus appear frequently on funerary monuments of the 4th century BCE.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/04/1990Loan Considerationexamined for loan
6/01/1995Loan Considerationexamined for loan
1/18/1996Treatmentcleaned
4/03/1998Loan Considerationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • The Odyssey and Ancient Art. Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 1991-1992.
  • Ulisse: Il mito e la memoria (Ulysses: The Myth and Memory). Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. 1996.
  • Ulysses, Myth and Memory. Haus der Kunst, Munich. 1999-2000.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
  • Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife. Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades. 2018-2019.
Provenance Moise Emanuelides, Athens, 1923 [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer, New York, 1923, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. 793]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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Creator
Period
2nd half 4th century BCE (Classical-early Hellenistic)
Medium
Pentelic marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.3
Measurements
H: 8 1/2 x W: 6 7/8 x D: 2 1/4 in. (21.6 x 17.5 x 5.7 cm); Mount H: 4 7/16 x W: 3 3/4 x D: 3 3/4 in. (11.3 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm); H including base: 13 5/16 in. (33.8 cm)
Geographies
  • Greece, Athens (Place of Origin)
  • Greece, Pendéli Oros (Source of Materials)

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