Procession of Maidens
East Frieze, Block 7, Parthenon, Athens
Artist: Unknown Greek Artist Primary
The object being carried by the third figure is a phiale (shallow offering bowl). The women are dressed either in a linen chiton covered by heavy and voluminous himation, or in a woolen peplos with a mantle draped over their shoulders. Some have their long hair tied up in a scarf, while others wear it loose and streaming down their backs. Such distinctions indicate the rank and status of the young women depicted, and their prescribed roles in the ceremony. For example, kanephoroi (or upper-class maidens), who were permitted the honorable task of carrying the ceremonial basket, are identifiable by a chiton with himation and bound hair.
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