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The Nereid Monument

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1848,1020.81

  • Title (series)

    • The Nereid Monument
  • Description

    Marble statue probably representing a Nereid, which occupied one of the intercolumniations of the Nereid monument.
    The statue is a representation of a draped female figure running to the right. She wears a long unbelted chiton with sleeves which appear to be continuous with a short diploidion that reaches to just below her breasts. This garment is confined by narrow strings passing over the shoulders. In her right hand she probably held part of the skirt and also, possibly, part of a large mantle which passes behind her back and over her left shoulder and is held in her left hand. A sea bird floating over the water with its wings spread appears below the bottom of the folds of the drapery. This figure differs considerably in style and costume from the other Nereids. Her head, right forearm and both feet are missing.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 390BC-380BC (circa)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.37 metres
  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 909 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G17

  • Exhibition history

    2015, 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1848

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1848,1020.81

  • Joined objects

Marble statue probably representing a Nereid, which occupied one of the intercolumniations of the Nereid monument.  The statue is a representation of a draped female figure running to the right. She wears a long unbelted chiton with sleeves which appear to be continuous with a short diploidion that reaches to just below her breasts. This garment is confined by narrow strings passing over the shoulders. In her right hand she probably held part of the skirt and also, possibly, part of a large mantle which passes behind her back and over her left shoulder and is held in her left hand. A sea bird floating over the water with its wings spread appears below the bottom of the folds of the drapery. This figure differs considerably in style and costume from the other Nereids. Her head, right forearm and both feet are missing.

Marble statue probably representing a Nereid, which occupied one of the intercolumniations of the Nereid monument. The statue is a representation of a draped female figure running to the right. She wears a long unbelted chiton with sleeves which appear to be continuous with a short diploidion that reaches to just below her breasts. This garment is confined by narrow strings passing over the shoulders. In her right hand she probably held part of the skirt and also, possibly, part of a large mantle which passes behind her back and over her left shoulder and is held in her left hand. A sea bird floating over the water with its wings spread appears below the bottom of the folds of the drapery. This figure differs considerably in style and costume from the other Nereids. Her head, right forearm and both feet are missing.

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