Plaster Cast Frieze of Metope: Perseus Beheading Medusa in Front of Athena


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Artifact Identification Plaster Cast Frieze of Metope: Perseus Beheading Medusa in Front of Athena   (1914.04.0011)
  1. Built Environment Artifacts
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  3. Building Components
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  5. Surface Elements
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Archaic, 530 BCE
Culture Greek
Location On Exhibitin the Ancient Mediterranean exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 120.8 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 118.6 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 23.0 cm
Weight waived g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plaster
Manufacturing Processes Cast
Munsell Color Information Pale Yellow Orange (10yr 8/2.5) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

A well-preserved metope of the earliest period from the Greek colony of Selinus in Sicily. The city was founded about 628 B.C. by colonists from Megara and was captured and destroyed in 409 B.C. by the Carthaginians under Hannibal. This metope illustrates a favorite Greek myth in which Perseus, with the help of Athena, is enabled to elude the fatal spell of the Gorgon's petrifying gaze and slay her. Then, from the resulting blood flowing from the wood springs the winged horse, Pegasus, seen in Medusa's arms. The sculptor, in his desire to depict the whole story, has crowded the successive events into one scene as though they had occurred simultaneously.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Robertson, Martin. A History of Greek Art. Cambridge University Press. 1975.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Classical Museum Purchase
Reproduction yes
Reproduction Information Original made of Sicilian limestone now in Museo National, Palermo.

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