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Statuettes from Eleusis

After a small temple of the Roman period was discovered at Eleusis, it was soon noticed that the sculptures from its pediments bore a resemblance to some of the figures from the west pediment of the Parthenon, albeit adapted to a smaller scale and a different subject matter. As the Parthenon sculptures are now lost or fragmentary, the compositions known only from Carrey’s drawings made in 1674, it was hoped that these miniatures were copies which could help reconstruct the pediment. Scholars are now far more sceptical about the relationship of the two monuments. One of the three is illustrated

Location of Original: 

Athens National Museum 200-202


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 154 (n.2)
Waldstein: Harper’s Magazine, December 1901, 12
Carpenter: Hesperia, vol.1 (1932), 11


Found in a small Roman temple at Eleusis in 1890

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