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Culture:Greek (original)
Title:Cast from the north frieze of the Parthenon
Date Made:ca. 1900 CE
Materials:Replica; plaster
Place Made:Europe; Greece, Athens (original)
Measurements:overall: 42 x 65 3/4 x 6 in.; 106.68 x 167.005 x 15.24 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1899.153.i.B.OIV
Credit Line:Gift of the Class of 1889 in memoral of Elizabeth Blanchard (Class of 1858; principal of Mount Holyoke, 1883-88; acting president, 1888-89)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

ca. late 19th or early 20th century plaster cast of a marble original dating to the Classical Period, ca. 447-432 BCE. According to the organizational system implemented by Ian Jenkins, this is a cast of block XLVII from the north frieze of the Parthenon, located on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon frieze depicts the Panathenaic procession held in honor of Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. On this block, four men and two horses are depicted in the foreground, with one additional horse visible in the background. Two men, one on the left of the block and another on the right, are preparing to mount; the man on the right is accompanied by a smaller figure, probably a servant, who is tying an article of clothing around his master's waist. The fourth figure, in the center of the block, is already astride his horse. These and the rest of the horsemen on the north frieze are distinguished by their composition and demeanor. Some of the men bow their heads, suggesting a sullen mood, while others hold their heads high in a determined and confident way. The positioning of the horses’ heads also contributes to the liveliness of this scene, conveying a certain spirit and enthusiasm. The original marble relief after which this cast is made is located at the British Museum in London, England.
Provenience: Greece, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon (original)

ancient; archaeology; reproductions

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