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- Series: The Parthenon Sculptures
Marble relief (Block XXV) from the South frieze of the Parthenon. The frieze shows the procession of the Panathenaic festival, the commemoration of the birthday of the goddess Athena.
Block XXV represents a chariot team. The charioteer in the chariot itself is entirely destroyed. On the left a round shield of a foot soldier is visible in spite of the damaged surface. On the far side of the horses a marshal can be seen, draped in a himation. Metal reins, which are now lost, were inserted in drill-holes. Two fragments in the Acropolis Museum, Athens have been assigned to the legs and hooves of the horses.
Ahead of the cavalcade of mounted horsemen comes a run of chariots, stationary at first and then driven at high speed. In the South frieze there were in all ten chariots carved over ten blocks, while in the north eleven were carved over eighteen blocks. The chariots could not have been part of the actual Panathenaic procession. Rather, they have been included here for dramatic effect as an event in the Panathenaic games. There, a race involved a charioteer holding the reins, while a foot soldier rode the chariot with him until a marker was reached, when the soldier leapt down to finish the race on foot. The explosion of the Parthenon in 1687 damaged the South frieze the most.
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- On display (G18)
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- Greek and Roman
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Miscellaneous number: South Frieze, Block XXV