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Marble frieze slab from the Nereid Monument

 

Length: 4.200 ft

Excavated by Sir Charles Fellows

GR 1848.10-20.51 (Sculpture 872)

Room 17: Nereid Monument

    Marble frieze slab from the Nereid Monument

    Lykian, about 390-380 BC
    From Xanthos, (modern Günük, south-western Turkey)

    Relief showing warriors storming a city

    The podium of the Nereid Monument enclosed the burial chamber. It was crowned with two carved friezes, one above the other. These show scenes of battle between warriors in Greek costume. The scenes perhaps represent exploits from the life of the ruler who was interred in the tomb, or mythical battle; it is possible that this confusion was intended.

    This slab shows a scene from the siege of a city. Warriors scale a ladder set up against defensive walls. Beneath two squatting figures strain on ropes to prevent it from being hurled backwards by defenders, while their comrades, carrying large round shields, begin to ascend.

    L. Burn, The British Museum book of G-1, revised edition (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)

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