- Museum number
- Series: The Parthenon Sculptures
Marble metope from the Parthenon (South metope XXXI). This metope is from the eastern half of the south side of the temple. The South metopes in the British Museum show the battle between Centaurs and Lapiths at the marriage-feast of Peirithoos.
A Centaur, on the left, and a Lapith tussle like two wrestlers. The Lapith has seized the Centaur by the hair with his right hand, pressing his right knee on the Centaur’s breast, his left arm is drawn back. The Centaur, rearing up, grasps the Lapith by the throat, twisting his forelegs round the Lapith’s right leg. The Centaurs right arm, made separately, and right hind foreleg are missing, as are the Lapith’s left forearm and foot, and parts of the frame.
- Production date
Height: 122 centimetres
Width: 132 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This scene is comparable with the scene on South metope XXVI.
- On display (G18)
- Exhibition history
2015, 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.
2018, 26 Apr-29 Jul,The British Museum, Rodin and the art of ancient Greece.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: South Metope XXXI