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Daughter of Niobe

Part of a temple pediment, probably from South Italy or southern Greece. The now-lost temple must have been a major structure with sculptures which may have just pre-dated the Parthenon. As a measure of the sculptures’ significance, the Romans considered them worth plundering.

Artemis and Apollo set out to kill the children of Niobe, who boasted she was a better mother than the goddess Leto. The girl is shown running for her life

Number: 
155
Material: 
Parian marble
Location of Original: 

Copenhagen Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 398

Size: 
1.42m
Accession: 

Purchased from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in 1933

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 177 (n.2), pl. 65.1
Dinsmoor: American Journal of Archaeology XLIII (1939), 27-
Lawrence: Classical Sculpture (1928), 213
Arndt & Lippold: Brunn-Bruckmann, Denkmäler Griechischer und Römischer Skulptur, pls. 712, 713 left, 714; text vol. 5 (1932)

Date: 
c.440-430 BCE
Sculptor: 
Paionios of Mende (?)
Provenance: 

Said to have been rediscovered in the Gardens of Sallust in Rome in 1873

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