Parthenon Frieze, Western VIII - Item #9
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
42 Inches High x 55 Inches Wide x 3 Inches Deep
The Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, is an astounding example of Classical Greek architecture and art. It was built by the architects Ictinus and Callicrates while the supervisor, and also the artistic director, for the project was the sculptor Phidias. Situated on the Acropolis in Athens, the Parthenon, at its prime, was a temple of white marble with countless colorful sculptures. Today, it is partially in ruins. The frieze that surrounded the cella, or the interior structure, still exists, but is divided among many museums around the world. The Acropolis Museum and the British Museum hold the majority of the 115 blocks, which formed the 160 meter- (or 525 foot-) long frieze. The narrative is about the procession that took place on the final day of the festival that honored Athena, the Great Panathenaia.
In this panel, a rider tries to steady his horse by placing his foot against a rock. The man's face in the original sculpture was lost due to exposure to the elements sometime between 1802 and 1872, when the earlier date produced a mold showing the face and the later date produced a mold without it. Fortunately, the earlier mold means the face has been preserved for study in casts. The Caproni cast features the preserved face as well.
Museum: Acropolis Museum, Athens
Origin: The Parthenon - Western Frieze, Athens
Time Period: Ancient Greek, 447-432 B.C.E.
1911 Catalog ID # - 7000 Slab VIII
Choremi, A. “The Parthenon Frieze. Block W VIII.” The Parthenon Frieze. English translation by M. Caskey. Ministry of Culture – Acropolis Restoration Service – First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities – Department of Information and Education, and National Documentation Centre – National Hellenic Research Foundation, 2009, http://repository.parthenonfrieze.gr/frieze/handle/10442/wviii.
“The Frieze.” Acropolis Museum, http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en/content/frieze-0.
Hadziaslani, C. and I. Kaimara. “About Parthenon.” The Parthenon Frieze. English translation by M. Caskey. Ministry of Culture – Acropolis Restoration Service – First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities – Department of Information and Education, and National Documentation Centre – National Hellenic Research Foundation, 2009, http://repository.parthenonfrieze.gr/frieze/aboutParthenon.jsp.
Jenkins, Ian Dennis. The Parthenon Sculptures. Harvard University Press, 2007, pp. 32. GoogleBooks, https://books.google.com/books?id=t02qLAT21AIC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false.
“Parthenon.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon#Architecture.