- Museum number
- Series: The Parthenon Sculptures
Marble relief (Block XLV) 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 three riders, wearing a tunic and mantle. The three positions of heads in the cavalcade are represented here: looking down, looking back and looking forward. Although badly damaged and weathered, one whole rider is shown without being overlapped by any other rider, except for the muzzle of the horseman behind him, which overlaps his chlamys impossibly. 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
- On display (G18)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: North Frieze, Block XLV