29 March, 11:00

The only surviving ancient Greek funerary relief of twin babies goes on display in Greece

The only surviving ancient Greek funerary relief of twin babies goes on display in Greece
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens presented a fragment of a funerary stele, which reveals the details of the life of ancient Greek society. This is the only surviving image of a pair of infant twins from ancient Greece.

The infant figure is made of marble and dates to the 4th century BC and was probably part of the tomb of a woman who died in childbirth. On the outside, it depicts two children wrapped in diapers, who are held by the hands of an adult. Probably their mothers.
The history of the discovery of this artifact dates back to 2008, when it was discovered by a collector and brought to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

"The twins' heads emerge from under their diapers, while their mother's arms hold their bodies together," the museum said in a statement.

The museum staff also published an image-collage that offers a reconstructed image of what the grave slab might have looked like as a whole.
This stele became exceptional not only due to its archaeological value, but also because it is the only evidence of such a rare moment in the life of the ancient Greeks as the birth of twins. This is the only preserved funerary relief of the ancient Greek world with the image of twin babies in one hand.
A fragment of the stele with twin babies will be on display at the museum until mid-May.


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