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Parthenon Frieze, Eastern VII - Item #756

$ 890.00

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42 Inches High x 44 Inches Wide

The Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, is an astounding example of Classical Greek architecture and art. It was built by the architects Ictinus and Callicrates while the supervisor, and also the artistic director, for the project was the sculptor Phidias. Situated on the Acropolis in Athens, the Parthenon, at its prime, was a temple of white marble with countless colorful sculptures. Today, it is partially in ruins. The frieze that surrounded the cella, or the interior structure, still exists, but is divided among many museums around the world. The Acropolis Museum and the British Museum hold the majority of the 115 blocks, which formed the 160 meter- (or 525 foot-) long frieze. The narrative is about the procession that took place on the final day of the festival that honored Athena, the Great Panathenaia.


This piece is a fragment of slab VII from the Eastern frieze. It shows a priest welcoming two young maidens bringing sacrificial objects to a temple, while another priest greets maidens not depicted in this fragment. The scene takes place during the climax of the festival that focused on the presentation of the sacred peplos (an overgarment) to the priestess. According to the Louvre Museum, the six women in the complete panel are all Ergastines - the young women who weaved a new peplos for Athena during each festival.

 

Artist: Unknown

Museum: Louvre Museum, Paris

Origin: The Parthenon - Western Frieze, Athens

Time Period: Ancient Greece, 447-432 B.C.E.

1911 Catalog ID # - 7003 Slab XVII

 

Sources:

Astier, Marie-Bénédicte. “The Plaque of the Ergastines.” Louvre Museum, http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/plaque-ergastines.

Choremi, A. “The Parthenon Frieze. Block E VII.” The Parthenon Frieze. English translation by M. Caskey.  Ministry of Culture – Acropolis Restoration Service – First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities – Department of Information and Education, and National Documentation Centre – National Hellenic Research Foundation, 2009, http://repository.parthenonfrieze.gr/frieze/handle/10442/evii.

“The Frieze.” Acropolis Museum, http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en/content/frieze-0.

Hadziaslani, C. and I. Kaimara. “About Parthenon.” The Parthenon Frieze. English translation by M. Caskey. Ministry of Culture – Acropolis Restoration Service – First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities – Department of Information and Education, and National Documentation Centre – National Hellenic Research Foundation, 2009, http://repository.parthenonfrieze.gr/frieze/aboutParthenon.jsp.

“Parthenon.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon#Architecture.