Cast of head of Centaur from the West pediment of the Temple of Zeus, Olympia

Details

  • Title

    Cast of head of Centaur from the West pediment of the Temple of Zeus, Olympia

  • Date

    early 20th century
  • Material and technique

    plaster

  • Dimensions

    56 cm estimated (height)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Purchased, 1927.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Cast Gallery

  • Accession no.

    CG.A.63

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  • Catalogue text

    Pedimental sculptures and metopes from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Greece. Classical Greek, begun after 470 BC and finished by 456 BC.

    West pediment with fight between Lapiths and Centaurs (Centauromachy) at the wedding of Peirithoos.

    Olympia Museum, inv. L 82.

    Found in 1877, 40 m to the south-west of the temple.

    Head from figure of centaur (P), biting into the arm of another figure (Q = A 64), who holds P around the neck. The centaur has long hair and full beard. From the right side(?) of the west pediment.

    Most of the statue is preserved in Olympia.

    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)

Further reading

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)

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