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- Series: The Parthenon Sculptures
Marble relief (Block XXVIII) from the North frieze of the Parthenon. The frieze shows the procession of the Panathenaic festival, the commemoration of the birthday of the goddess Athena.
At the head of a team of horses stands a groom, shown on the previous block (Block XXVII). The lower part of this same group is preserved on a fragment in the Acropolis Museum, Athens.
This block shows the same chariot group as is represented on Block XXVII. We see the rear parts of two horses, their tails arched, the chariot carriage, part of a foot soldier and standing above and behind him, the charioteer. The mood of the group is one of anticipation for the chariot race that lies ahead. The foot soldier grasps the hand rail of the chariot carriage and raises his right leg as he mounts the carriage. We also see, above the left shoulder of the charioteer, the remains of the crest of his helmet. This shows that he looked back. The foot soldier’s left leg and left arm were carved on Block XXIX. The charioteer stands in his long robe with his arms bent at the elbow and with his hands extended to hold the reins. An attaching fragment of the block, the head of the foot soldier, is in the Acropolis Museum, Athens.
For more information on the North frieze see North frieze Block XLVII.
The northern branch of the procession follows a similar pattern to the southern.
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- Curator's comments
- Block XXVIII was originally registered with part of Block XXVII (now 1816,0610.30.a).
- On display (G18)
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- Greek and Roman
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Miscellaneous number: North Frieze, Block XXVIII