A laptop on an ancient Greek grave marker?

Feb 08, 2016 687
Published in Technology
The stele in question likely dates to about 100 BC and is held in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.
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It’s a typical funeral marker, depicting the deceased individual in a vibrant way, often, in the case of women, in a household scene. These stelai were carved in relief, and were almost always painted, although the painting doesn’t survive in most cases.
 
In this stele, a woman reclines on a chair and reaches to touch the lid of an object that is held by a girl whose hairstyle and clothes indicate she is a slave. This is a rather typical trope in funeral stelai, the image of a wealthy adult woman reaching to a servant, and may have reflected her family’s desire for her to retain her status into the afterlife. Other clues to her high status include her snake-bracelets and the elaborate nature of the chair she’s sitting on, which boasts lion-paw legs and eagle-shaped arms.
 
But what is the object the woman is touching? Many scholars say that it is a shallow chest, with some going so far as interpreting it as a jewelry box or as Pandora's box.