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$ 15,000

A Greek “Parthenon” Marble Frieze Panel, Depicting a Man and Horse

Origin Greece
Period 1920-1949
Materials Belgian Black Marble, Marble
W. 25 in; H. 16 in; D. 6 in;
W. 63.5 cm; H. 40.64 cm; D. 15.24 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1920
Description A Greek “Parthenon” / Elgin Marble Frieze Panel, Depicting a Man and Horse, in the Ancient Classical style, circa 1920.
A phenomenal quality hand-carved white marble frieze panel mounted on a black marble base.
16? high x 25? wide x 6? deep
This is a great example of The Elgin Marbles also known as the Parthenon Marbles which are a collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures made under the supervision of the architect and sculptor Phidias and his assistants. They were originally part of the temple of the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis of Athens. The collection is now on display in the British Museum, in the purpose-built Duveen Gallery.
Built in the ancient era, the Parthenon was extensively damaged by earthquakes. Also, during the Sixth Ottoman–Venetian War (1684–1699) against the Ottoman Empire, the defending Turks fortified the Acropolis and used the Parthenon as a castle. On 26 September 1687, a Venetian artillery round, fired from the Hill of Philopappus, blew up the Parthenon, and the building was partly destroyed. The explosion blew out the building’s central portion and caused the cella’s walls to crumble into rubble. Three of the four walls collapsed, or nearly so, and about three-fifths of the sculptures from the frieze fell. About three hundred people were killed in the explosion, which showered marble fragments over a significant area. For the next century and a half, portions of the remaining structure were scavenged for building material and looted of any remaining objects of value.
Styles / Movements Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 485647
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