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Unidentified sculptor, After the battle of Greeks and Amazons.

After the battle of Greeks and Amazons., c. 420-400 B.C.

After Unidentified sculptor

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Plaster cast of a carved marble block from the East side of the continuous frieze of the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae, in the British Museum (museum number 1815,1020.14). The East and South frieze shows the battle between Amazons and the Greeks which was led by Herakles.

To the left a Greek carries his wounded or dead companion and to the right a Greek supports his wounded comrade. The wounded or dead Greeks are depicted nude. In the centre an Amazon dressed in a short, belted peplos drags her shield behind her.

The Temple of Apollo Epikourios ('Apollo the Helper') at Bassae (Phigalia) in southwest Arcadia, Greece was built between 420-400 BC by the architect Iktinos. A sculpted Ionic frieze of 23 slabs ran around the interior of the main room (cella) of the temple. It showed three battle scenes, the Trojan Amazonomachy, the Herakleian Amazonmachy, and the Centauromachy.

In the summer of 1811 Carl Haller and R.C. Cockerell noticed these panels by chance, supposedly while peering down a fox hole. Haller returned to excavate in 1812. In 1814, the British Museum purchased all of the slabs. Under the direction of Richard Westmacott RA in 1816, the Royal Academy commissioned casts of the complete frieze. Sixteen of the 23 casts are still today at the Academy.

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Object details

Title
After the battle of Greeks and Amazons.
From
Cast made by
From
The Bassae Sculptures; The Phigaleian Frieze.
Date
c. 420-400 B.C.
Object type
Cast Sculpture
Medium
Plaster cast
Dimensions

720 mm x 1450 mm x 180 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/1955
Acquisition
Made in-house
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