Inspired by an ancient stele, this plaque depicting classical figures has been hand-carved in limestone using a bas relief method. There are three figures depicted on the plaque, with a bearded man in a tunic standing in between two women. One of the women is sitting on a bench with a molding along the edge of the seat. She is wearing an ankle-length gown and shaking hands with a similarly clad standing woman.
A stele is a tall and narrow monument used during ancient times. Steles were often used to denote important locations, such as gravesides, battle sites, or territorial boundaries. Our limestone plaque is reminiscent of some 4th century BCE marble steles found in southern Greece. A wonderful patina has developed on the plaque, most notably on the seated woman. The plaque can be hung architecturally either inside or outdoors, or it can be displayed as sculptural art.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor nicks, rubs and distress. Traces of moss and lichen. Stone is a natural material that can become darker or lighter from the elements. The plaque has developed a lovely, speckled patina, with colors ranging from black to beige.