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Cast of an acroterion from the Temple of Demeter at Eleusis, Greece

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Museum number: M826

Curatorial note

This is a cast of a fragment in the British Museum, purchased from Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (Lord Elgin) in 1816. It is from the Temple of Demeter at Eleusis. The 1837 inventories of Soane's collection refer to it as a fleuron from the Temple of Ceres, using the Roman name for the Goddess. The original fragment is probably the finial of a ancient Greek marble tombstone.


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk