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- Series: The Parthenon Sculptures
Marble relief (Block XLVII) 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.
The Block XLVII of the South frieze marked the corner as it turns onto the East frieze. There are two fragments that survive. The major surviving part preserves the forepart of the lead cow accompanied by three handlers, one of whom stands at the corner as it turns from south to east. The youths wear long cloaks. Halters were added in paint.
The other fragment of Block XLVII shows the heads of two youths and the horn and crumpled neck of a cow, one of two cows that are shown on this block being led for sacrifice. The broad, blank hides of the beasts contrast pleasingly with the complex folds of the drapery of the youths who lead them.
For more information on the pedestrian-procession see South frieze Block XXXVI. 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 XLVII