Plaster Cast: Gravestone Inscription
|Artifact Identification||Plaster Cast: Gravestone Inscription (1900.11.0099)|
|Artist/Maker||Berlin Museum. Gipsformerei. Previously attributed to Emile Gillieron & Fils.|
|Period/Date||Archaic, 650-550 BCE|
|Dimension 1 (Length)||57.7 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Width)||35.2 cm|
|Dimension 3 (Depth)||5.4 cm|
|Measuring Remarks||12 pounds|
|Munsell Color Information||Grayish Brown (2.5 y 6/2) -ns|
Plaster cast of the left side of a large flat slab of dark grey volcanic stone, with at least nine, possibly ten names inscribed in total on its four sides in the early Theran alphabet: three words at the middle of the upper face, with two more crowded near the edges at left and bottom; five more are inscribed around each of the three low vertical sides of the slab. The text occupying the left side of the slab is (IG XII 3.762b). The letters are between ?? and ?? cm. high. The letters of the epichoric Theran alphabet are transliterated as follows:
Spurlock Museum: 1900.11.0102, 1900.11.0103 IG XII 3.762a, 762c, 762d (the other three sides of the gravestone with the fourth, d, read as Orthokles) and 765, 771, 781, 783.
Guarducci, M. L'epigrafia greca dalle origini al tardo impreo. Rome, 1987: Instituto poligrafico e Zecca dello stato: Libreria dello Stato, 80. Jeffery, L.H. The local Scripts of Archaic Greece: A Study of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet and Its Development From the Eighth to the Fifth Centuries BC. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1961. 323, no. 5. pp. 317-318.
The inscription was found about 4.5 km. above the modern village of Kamari, near the remains of the ancient polis of Thera on the Mesovouno ridge separated from mount Profitis Elias by a lower ridge, Sellada (saddle), with the graves on and around this ridge. Both the cemetery and town have been partially excavated.
|Credit Line/Dedication||Classical Museum Purchase|
|Reproduction Information||Original displayed in the Athens Epigraphical Museum. Reproduction probably made by the staff of the Athens National Archaeological Museum, perhaps Emile Gillieron & Fils, Athens. The casts of the front and right side of this slab are Spurlock artifacts 1900.11.0103 and 1900.11.0102 respectively.|