Agora Object: I 4165
Inventory Number:   I 4165
Section Number:   ΜΜ 336
Title:   Base
Category:   Inscriptions
Description:   Inscribed statue base with dedication.
Besides the large piece of the long face, many small fragments were found built into the wall of the modern drain, including one bit with the letters "M H". One fragment also, was found in place to the west, thus preserving the full length.
When reconstructed, the base is Γ-shaped; both the long and the short exterior faces are finished; the ends and the interior faces are left rough. The top is finished with a claw hammer save for a relieving surface along edge. Simple mouldings along top and bottom; top, cyma reversa over ovolo; bottom, torus.
At the end of the long side, these mouldings carry around for a short distance beyond them the surface is rough, for setting into or against something. It therefore seems that the base must have occupied the interior corner of a room.
The portions found would have served as the facing for a poros core, and over both core and facing would have been laid a plinth, to serve as the statue base proper.
The facing block for the base of a statue (or group) dedicated to Demeter and Kore; and bearing the signature of Praxiteles.
On the right side dedication (one line), the name of dedicator (five lines) and the signature (one line).
Pentelic marble.
ADDENDA On the left side a large "Δ", the same size as the letters of the dedication.
Cf. I 4568 and I 3547 (?).
Conservation Status:   Finished
Context:   Found in a 1st. century B.C. context, in the wall of a stoa bordering the road leading northwest from the Market Square.
Notebook Page:   647-648, 658
Negatives:   Leica, 6-232, 6-233, 6-234, 6-395, 6-396, X-81, LVII-99, LVII-100, LXXVIII-46, LXXVIII-47, 94-9-22, color slide
PD Number:   PD 523, PD 885
Dimensions:   P.L. 0.99; L. (of longer face) 1.355, (of shorter face) 0.675; H. 0.672; Lett. H. (of dedication, line 1) 0.019, (of name of dedicator, 5 lines) 0.021, (of signature, 1 line) 0.008; Th. (at end of longer face) 0.27, (at end of shorter face) 0.36
Chronology:   Second quarter of 4th. century B.C.
Date:   21 May 1936
Section:   ΜΜ
Grid:   ΜΜ:45/Δ
Bibliography:   Museum Guide (2014), pp. 32-34.
    Hesperia 81 (2012), p. 313, n. 97.
    Guide (1976), p. 180.
    Adam (1966), p. 77.
    AgoraPicBk 10 (1966), fig. 22.
    Guide (1962), pp. 120-121.
    AgoraPicBk 5 (1960), fig. 20.
    Hesperia 26 (1957), pp. 200-203, no. 50, pl. 50, fig. 1.
    Hesperia 6 (1937), pp. 340-341, nos. 4-6.
    AJA 40 (1936), p. 406, fig. 2.
    ILN (18 July 1936).
    Agora III, no. 228, p. 85.
    Agora XIV, p. 154, pl. 78 c.
    Agora XVIII, no. H320.
    Agora XXXI, no. 7, p. 188.
Is Similar To:   Agora:Object:I 4568
    Agora:Object:I 3547
References:   Publications (10)
Publication Pages (4)
Report: 1939 ΜΜ
Report: 1936 ΜΜ
Report Page: 1936 ΜΜ, s. 8
Report Page: 1939 ΜΜ, s. 10
Drawing: PD 523 (DA 5812)
Drawing: PD 885 (DA 5771)
Images (11)
Notebook: ΜΜ-4
Notebook Pages (5)
Card: I 4165
Card: I 4165