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Culture:Greek (original)
Title:Cast from the east frieze of the Parthenon
Date Made:ca. 1900 CE
Materials:Replica; plaster
Place Made:Europe; Greece, Athens (original)
Measurements:overall: 42 x 38 x 5 in.; 106.68 x 96.52 x 12.7 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1899.153.q.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 W.B. Dinsmoor and A. Michaelis, this is a cast of block VI from the east 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, a seated woman, identified as Aphrodite, is depicted with a nude male, identified as her son, Eros, leaning against her leg. Aphrodite points with her left arm in the direction of the coming procession and Eros holds a parasol. A male figure to their right, perhaps one of the ten eponymous heroes of Athens or a magistrate, stands leaning on a staff with his back facing Aphrodite and Eros. The original marble relief after which this cast is made is in several pieces, variously housed at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece and the British Museum in London, England.
Provenience: Greece, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon (original)

ancient; archaeology; reproductions

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