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The image is a block of architecture from a building which features leaf, bead, and ancient Greek floral patterns. It has been chipped off at the corner.

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Artist: Unknown Greek Artist Primary
Date: ca. 430 BCE - 420 BCE
5th century BCE
Dimensions: 19.5 x 38.5 x 20.25 in. (49.53 x 97.79 x 51.44 cm)
Object Type: Plaster Cast
Creation Place: Europe, Greece
Medium and Support: Plaster Cast after marble original
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Accession Number: L1991.13
This work is not currently on view

This cast was taken from a block of the entablature from the east porch of the Erectheion that is now located in the British Museum in London.


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Athenian Acropolis
An ancient citadel located in the city of Athens containing the remains of several ancient buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike.
High Classical
Refers to the middle phase of the Greek Classical period and style, from around 450 BCE to around 400 BCE. In sculpture it is characterized by the complete mastery of the ideal human form, represented in balanced, subtle movement and with drapery that clings to the body to reveal the form beneath. In vase painting, it is characterized by an increased refinement and variety of human forms and facial expressions. In architecture it is characterized by a lightening of proportions and a refinement of earlier established orders.
An ancient temple located on the north side of the Acropolis in Athens dedicated primarily to the goddess Athena. The term "Erechtheion" desribes a sanctuary dedicated to Erechtheus, an archaic King of Athens and founder of the polis who later became associated with the god Poseidon.
public domain
Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. Also, the status of publications, products, and processes that are not protected under patent or copyright.
The higher and usually fortified sections of ancient Greek cities, typically containing temples and some public buildings and used as places of refuge.
Ancient Greek
Refers to the culture and styles of ancient Greece, generally excluding modern and prehistoric periods, but including periods between around 900 BCE to around 31 BCE. For the culture of Greece in general, including modern Greece, see "Greek."
Refers to the elaborated superstructures carried by the columns in classical architecture, horizontally divided into architrave, frieze, and cornice. May connote similar features in other contexts, such as along the upper portions of walls.
Three-dimensional works of art in which images and forms are produced in relief, in intaglio, or in the round. The term refers particularly to art works created by carving or engraving a hard material, by molding or casting a malleable material (which usually then hardens), or by assembling parts to create a three-dimensional object. It is typically used to refer to large or medium-sized objects made of stone, wood, bronze, or another metal. Small objects are typically referred to as "carvings" or another appropriate term. "Sculpture" refers to works that represent tangible beings, objects, or groups of objects, or are abstract works that have defined edges and boundaries and can be measured. As three-dimensional works become more diffused in space or time, or less tangible, use appropriate specific terms, such as "mail art" or "environmental art."

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