- Museum number
- Series: The Treasury of Atreus
Fragment of red marble (rosso antico), from the façade of the Treasury of Atreus.
The decoration consists of three bands of running spiral pattern separated by a narrow convex between two concave mouldings. The upper and lower bands of spirals are in low relief; the central band is in higher relief and has the centre of each spiral sunk for inlay, probably of glass. The setting line is visible down the middle of the side of the slab. There are two deep dowel holes on the underside, which has an irregularly weathered line, as though the fragment had been partially pushed out of position at some period.
- Production date
Height: 41 centimetres
Length: 97 centimetres
Thickness: 13.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Sculpture
Smith, no. 1; Synopsis of Brit. Mus., no. 180 ; Blouet, Exped. de Moree, II, pl. 70; Dinsmoor, Archit. of Greece, 1927, p. 53, pl. XIII, middle; Dodwell, Travels, II, p. 232; Donaldson in Stuart's Athens, ed. Kinnard, 1830, IV, pl. 4, fig. 10; Friederichs-Wolters, no. 3; Laloux, Archit. gr., p. 33; Lethaby in The Builder, 1914, p. 154, and Gr. Buildings in the Brit. Mus., p. 200, fig. 204; Middleton in J.H.S., 1886, p. 168; Murray, Gr. Sculpt., 2nd ed., I, fig. 8; Perrot and Chipiez, Hist. de l’Art, VI, fig. 269; Wace in B.S.A., xxv, p. 344.
Of this member the following other pieces are known :
(a) small fragment with sloping edge in Munich (Bossert, Altkreta, 2nd ed.,
no. 204A; Perrot and Chipiez, VI, fig. 270); (b) rectangular slab in Athens (Perrot and Chipiez, VI, fig. 271; Lethaby is in error in doubting the existence of this (Gr. Buildings in the Brit. Mus., p. 200); (c) fragment at Nauplia (Wace in B.S.A., xxv, p. 344); (d) small fragment in Athens (Thiersch in Ath. Mitt., 1879, pl. XIII, fig. IA; Perrot and Chipiez, VI, p. 622); this slopes on both sides and accurately fits the apex of the relieving triangle. It is now generally admitted that these slabs formed the filling of the relieving triangle.
- On display (G6)
- The top and bottom edges are preserved; the left side is broken away, but the right side is preserved and is sloped at an acute angle.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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