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Daughter of Niobe

This young figure was 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. This daughter has been wounded in the back

Parian marble
Location of Original: 

Rome, National Museum, Terme 72274


Purchased from Dresden in 1970

c.440-430 BCE
The sculptor may have been the Macedonian Paionios of Mende, who also made the large flying Nike at Olympia

Found near the Gardens of Sallust in Rome

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