Marble statue of two female figures from the East pediment of the Parthenon (East pediment L and M). The East pediment showed the miraculous birth of the goddess Athena from the head of her father Zeus. Many of the figures from the central scene are now fragmentary or entirely lost.
Figure L sits and M reclines on a stepped rock covered with a himation. Both wear girdled chitons with buttoned sleeves and a himation. L's chiton is additionally fastened with a cord across the shoulders. M reclines in L's lap, her right shoulder exposed. A dowel hole indicates that she wore a bracelet on her right arm. The figures are carved from one block. The heads, hands and feet are missing.
They are perhaps, from left to right, Hestia, Dione, and her daughter Aphrodite. However, another suggestion is that the two figures on the right are the personification of the Sea (Thalassa) in the lap of the Earth (Gaia).
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