Choirine Relief by Unknown Artist

A small funerary relief of a priestess whose name was Choirine.

Details

Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
66 x 49 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £38,000)
Acquired in:
2007
Vendor:
Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd

She is depicted wearing a chiton and a cloak and holding a temple key, her badge of office. The figure is carved in low relief, slightly turned in three-quarter view, within a sunken rectangular panel. Her name is inscribed on the surround above. The stone would once have been painted and is thought to come from Eleusis, where it was probably set up at the beginning of the Sacred Way that led to Athens.

Provenance

Said to have been found in Eleusis, and likely to have been acquired by the French vice-consul in Athens, L S Fauvel; acquired by French Rear-Admiral E Halgan (1771-1852) in 1819; Francois Lenormant, classical scholar and author of a study of Eleusis whic

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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