March 5, 2016

Farewell Handshake

In ancient Greek funerary art, the handshake is a gesture of farewell between the departed and survivors, or of reunion with ancestors in the afterlife. The deceased is depicted sitting or standing, and clasping the hand of someone who is typically shown standing. The gesture (sometimes referred to as dexiosis) is found also in Etruscan and Roman funerary art. Source

Fragment of a marble Attic relief, probably a tombstone. The handshake in funerary reliefs denotes farewell, 4th century BC.

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8 comments:

  1. Interesting! I read once that bare feet on a statue indicated death as well.

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    1. In Ancient Greek Sculpture, only Gods and Heroes were depicted barefoot. Roman sculptures of barefoot emperors and such, were made to either imply their divinity (or indeed death).

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  2. Amazing! I didn't know meaning of handshake in ancient Greece

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    1. When I bought the print, I didn't either (shamefully enough).

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  3. Όυτε εγώ το ήξερα, ομολογώ! xD

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    1. Το blog αποκτά και εκπαιδευτικό χαρακτήρα...

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