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The Treasury of Atreus

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • The Treasury of Atreus
  • Description

    Fragment of green marble, from the Treasury of Atreus.
    Two tiers of decoration in relief, separated by a band of mouldings. The upper tier contains a band of running spiral pattern; the lower, a band of flat rounded disks, flattened at the point of contact with each other and probably representing the ends of beams. The disks are cut to slope outward. On the upper surface are two cramp-holes.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1350BC-1250BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 105 centimetres
    • Height: 46.4 centimetres
    • Width: 13 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Sculpture

    Smith, no. 2; Synopsis, 177 (220); Dinsmoor, Archit. of Greece, 1927, pl. XIII; Dodwell, Travels, II, p. 232; Donaldson in Stuart's Athens, ed. Kinnard, 1830, IV, pl. 4, fig. 9; Banister Fletcher, Hist. of Archit., 7th ed., p. 70, F; Friederichs-Wolters, no. 2; Laloux, Archit. gr., p. 33; Lethaby, Gr. Buildings in the Brit. Mus., p. 200; Murray, Gr. Sculpt, 2nd ed., I, p. 39; Perrot and Chipiez, Hist. de l’Art, VI, fig. 275; Wace in B.S.A., xxv, p. 344.

    No other fragments of this member are known; Donaldson suggested that it ran across over the lintel. A similar band is found in this position on the tomb of Clytemnestra (Perrot and Chipiez, VI, fig. 118; Schliemann, Mycenae, frontispiece). Cf the row of disks over the capital of the Lion Gate relief, also the terracotta columns from Knossos, B.S.A., viii, p. 29, fig. 14.


  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture A54 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G6

  • Condition

    Slab complete at top and bottom, broken off at each end. In two pieces, rejoined.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


Fragment of green marble with spirals and discs carved in relief, from the Treasury of Atreus.

Fragment of green marble with spirals and discs carved in relief, from the Treasury of Atreus.

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