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Fragment of a Greek (Attic) votive relief

Pentelic marble

Height: 27cm
Width: 24.5cm
Depth: 14cm

Museum number: M1149

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 295help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Colonnade - central aisle
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Curatorial note

The right lower corner with a section of the anta on the right. Two figures, one female, the second male, clad in long chiton and himation the end of which is thrown from right to left over the left arm, and a long himation thrown over the left shoulder and around the waist under the right arm, stand to the left, the first with right hand extended and the second with the same hand raised (in a gesture of adoration), left hands grasping the drapery at their sides.

The mortal 'adorants' from an Attic votive relief such as the Artemis and Adorants (see previous, Soane fragment Vermeule no. 294 (M1043), for reference to the other half) in Athens. This might seem to be the right side of the previous fragment, but the 5 cm variance in thickness at the base, the chisel work at the back, and the sharper, deeper cutting of drapery in this piece seem to overrule this1.

1Compare also other examples, votives to Asklepios, etc. in Athens: P. Arndt and W. Amelung, Photographische Einzelaufnahmen antiker Sculpturen, Munich, 1893-1912, nos. 1222, 1223ff.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Acquired by Soane from the collection of the neoclassical sculptor John Flaxman.

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