cast, frieze, sculpture
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Datelate 19th - early 20th century (1871 - 1930)
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Athens, Acropolis Museum; Copenhagen, National Museum; London, British Museum; Palermo, Museo Archeologico Regionale; Paris, Louvre; Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum.
The sculptures in the British Museum, the Elgin Marbles, were removed from the temple itself and from the area around it on the Acropolis in 1801-03 by Lord Elgin’s agent Lusieri, and purchased by the British state for the British Museum in 1816 (detailed account of history of the Marbles since antiquity: Palagia, 7-14).
Sculptures from the Temple of Athena, the Parthenon, on the Acropolis of Athens. Classical Greek, 447/6-440 BC (metopes), 440-433/2 BC (pediments) and after 438 BC (frieze). Traces of the colouring remain on some of the original figures, metopes and frieze slabs.
Frieze with procession at Athenian festival. Numbering of individual figures follows Berger and Gisler-Huwiler.
Athens, Acropolis Museum.
Removed from the Parthenon in 1993.
Relief showing three beardless, short-haired men standing around a horse. The man on the left (22) is nude with cloak, the man at centre (23) wears a belted short chiton and mantle. On the right, behind the horse, is a groom (24) with short hair wearing a cloak. Slab 12 from the west frieze.
Cast of cast from mould taken for Lord Elgin in 1802.
In: Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)
Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)