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Parthenon, North Frieze

A busy procession of horsemen and chariots is shown, coming up behind elders, musicians, porters and oxen.

The selection of casts here is dominated by the procession of overlapping horsemen, with a few chariots in front. The solo horsemen are near-naked and unarmed, unlike the charioteers, indicating that they are ready for a peaceful ceremony not a battle. The relief is no more than seven centimetres deep.

The horses are rearing up as the cavalcade has to slow down approaching the walking figures in front; a cluster of bearded officials and three men carrying water jars. A man playing a pipe is just visible behind them. This is the slab shown in the picture

Pentelic marble
Location of Original: 

London British Museum 325, & Athens Acropolis Museum 859-865


Purchased in 1884 from Brucciani


Smith: Catalogue of British Museum Sculpture I (1892), 167-178
Smith, AH: Sculpture of the Parthenon, 56-60, pl. 42-60
Jenkins, I: Annual of the British School at Athens 1990, 85-114, esp.105
Ancient Marbles in the British Museum, pl. XIX (right)
Casson: Catalogue of the Acropolis Museum Athens II, 111-2 & 126
Michaelis: Ancient Marbles in Great Britain (1839), pl. XVI (1) (?)

438-432 BCE
Pheidias (and workshop of)

[Some slabs] Removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin

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