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The Parthenon Sculptures

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • The Parthenon Sculptures
  • Description

    Marble metope from the Parthenon (South metope XXXI). This metope is from the eastern half of the south side of the temple. The South metopes in the British Museum show the battle between Centaurs and Lapiths at the marriage-feast of Peirithoos.
    A Centaur, on the left, and a Lapith tussle like two wrestlers. The Lapith has seized the Centaur by the hair with his right hand, pressing his right knee on the Centaur’s breast, his left arm is drawn back. The Centaur, rearing up, grasps the Lapith by the throat, twisting his forelegs round the Lapith’s right leg. The Centaurs right arm, made separately, and right hind foreleg are missing, as are the Lapith’s left forearm and foot, and parts of the frame.


  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 447BC-438BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Thickness: 132 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This scene is comparable with the scene on South metope XXVI.

  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 320 bibliographic details
    • Smith 1892 p.143 bibliographic details
    • Smith 1910 p.36, pl.24 (fig.1) bibliographic details
    • Choremi-Spetsieri 2004 p.91, fig.54 bibliographic details
    • Berger 1986 p.97, pl.109 bibliographic details
    • Brommer 1967 pp.126-127, pl.233-235 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G18

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • South Metope XXXI
Marble metope (South XXXI) from the Parthenon: a Centaur and a Lapith tussle like two wrestlers.

Marble metope (South XXXI) from the Parthenon: a Centaur and a Lapith tussle like two wrestlers.

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