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British Museum, Cast of lunging Lapith and rearing centaur from Parthenon (South Metope, VII)

Cast of lunging Lapith and rearing centaur from Parthenon (South Metope, VII)

From: British Museum

RA Collection: Art

The cast is of a metope (no. 7) from the south side of the Parthenon; it is now in the British Museum. The cast was given to the Academy by Richard Westmacott with two other casts of metopes (South 27, 05/2920 and South 30, 05/2921) in 1820. It shows the state of the metope in the early 19th century.

The original object was drawn by J. Carrey in 1674 at which point both heads were preserved. In 1801-1802, the metope was removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin. The head of the Lapith re-surfaced and was purchased in 1880 by the Louvre. The head of the Centaur has been found in Athens (Acropolis Museum).

Object details

Title
Cast of lunging Lapith and rearing centaur from Parthenon (South Metope, VII)
From
From
Elgin Marbles, British Museum, London
Object type
Cast Sculpture
Medium
Plaster cast, early 19th century
Dimensions

1350 mm x 1410 mm x 320 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/1456
Acquisition
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