- Museum number
- Series: The Parthenon Sculptures
Marble relief (Block XLIV) 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.
This block shows parts of three riders, one of which wears the distinctive Thracian cap, the flaps of which are blown back in the wind. He looks down reflectively, while behind him his companion is bareheaded except for a ribbon in his hair, and his gaze is direct straight ahead. While the other two riders wear boots, this rider is barefooted. The horsemen of the cavalcade on the North frieze are composed of a series of phalanxes overlapping one on another in an unequal division. There is among the riders of the North frieze great variation in composition and in dress. Some are heavily draped in mantle and tunic, while others are all but naked. Some ride bareheaded, while others wear a distinctive form of cap. Metal reins, which are now lost, were inserted in drill-holes.
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.
- Production date
- Curator's comments
- Jenkins 1990, p.97: Pourtales Sale 1865 XLIV North formerly XXXIX 121.
- On display (G18)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: North Frieze, Block XLIV