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Head of Iris, East Frieze, Block 5, Parthenon


Artist: Unknown Greek Artist Primary
Date: 442-438 BCE
5th century BCE
Dimensions: 8 x 10.5 x 3 in. (20.32 x 26.67 x 7.62 cm)
Object Type: Plaster Cast
Creation Place: Europe, Greece
Medium and Support: Plaster cast from Pentelic marble original
Credit Line: Gift of the First Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities, Acropolis Museum, Athens, 2010
Accession Number: 2010.02.03
Not on view.


from "Highlights of the Plaster Cast Collection" published by the BMA 11/10 in conjunction with the exhibition, Gift from Athens, p. 6.

The original marble head, after which this cast was taken, was found built into a Byzantine wall to the southwest of the Acropolis. Iris, who has also been identified variously as Hebe or Nike, attended the enthroned Hera who sat beside her consort, Zeus, within an Assembly of the Gods flanking a ceremony usually described as the Peplos Ceremony (see Two Female Attendants in the Peplos Ceremony, 442-438 BCE, below). Block 5 from the east frieze is in the British Museum, with the exception of this head of Iris, which has always remained in Athens.

Head of Iris, 442-438 BCE
From the East Frieze, Block 5, Parthenon, Athens
Plaster cast from Pentelic marble original
Acropolis Museum, Athens
Gift of the First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical
Antiquities—Acropolis Museum, Athens, 2010



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