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The Parthenon Sculptures

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • The Parthenon Sculptures
  • Description

    Marble metope from the Parthenon (South metope XXVII). 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 young Lapith, on the left, holds a Centaur’s head from behind with his left hand, while preparing to deliver a blow with the other. The Centaur, wounded in the back, rears up and presses his right hand against the wound. A chlamys falls over both Lapith’s arms, hanging behind his back. Both heads, the Lapith’s foreleg and right forearm, and the Centaurs left arm and right leg are missing. Parts of the frame in the top left hand corner are restored.


  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 447BC-438BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Thickness: 137 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 316 bibliographic details
    • Smith 1892 p.141 bibliographic details
    • Choremi-Spetsieri 2004 p.27, fig.50 bibliographic details
    • Brommer 1967 pp.117-119, pl.216-220 bibliographic details
    • Smith 1910 pp.35-36, pl.22 (fig.1) bibliographic details
    • Berger 1986 pp.94-95, pl.100-102 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G18

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • South Metope XXVII
Marble metope (South XXVII) from the Parthenon: a Centaur is restrained by a Lapith.

Marble metope (South XXVII) from the Parthenon: a Centaur is restrained by a Lapith.

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