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British Museum, Cast of Aphrodite and Dione (?, Figures L and M) from east pediment of Parthenon

Cast of Aphrodite and Dione (?, Figures L and M) from east pediment of Parthenon

From: British Museum

RA Collection: Art

The cast is of two seated female divinities (Figures L and M) which were made from one block of marble for the north (viewer's right) corner zone of the Parthenon's East Pediment (438-433 BC). The statue group was removed by Lord Elgin's agent in 1802 and was acquired by the British Museum (inv. 303) in 1816.

The East Pediment depicted the Birth of Athena; both of these goddesses have their backs to that scene. The reclining goddess with her exposed right shoulder is generally accepted to be Aphrodite; the other is most often identified as her mother Dione or the goddess Artemis.

Object details

Title
Cast of Aphrodite and Dione (?, Figures L and M) from east pediment of Parthenon
From
From
Elgin Collection, British Museum, London
Object type
Cast Sculpture
Medium
Plaster cast, early 19th century?
Dimensions

1252 mm x 2463 mm x 990 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/1440
Acquisition
Made in-house
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