- Museum number
- Series: The Parthenon Sculptures
Marble relief (Block XXXI) 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 XXXI represents a horse drawn chariot with a foot soldier and charioteer riding in the car. A team of four horses, with flickering manes, pulls a chariot-car. The motif of the flickering manes is picked up in the fiery crest of the helmet and in the wind-blown folds of the flying cloak of the foot soldier. The charioteer, partially visible on the left, is arched back in the car, using his body as a counter-weight to the forward thrust of the horses. He reins them to a skidding halt. Metal reins, which are now lost, were inserted in drill-holes.
For more information on the chariot-race see South frieze Block XXV. The explosion of the Parthenon in 1687 damaged the South frieze the most.
- Production date
- On display (G18)
- Exhibition history
2018, 26 Apr-29 Jul,The British Museum, Rodin and the art of ancient Greece.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: South Frieze, Block XXXI