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Horses, with Man Fastening Sandal, Parthenon, West Frieze, Slab XV
Artist: Unknown Greek Artist Primary
This cast shows the block closest to the southwest corner of the frieze where the portrayal of the Panathenaic procession begins. There is an intimacy felt between us and the young man who intently laces up his sandal. He is unaware that we are observing him, which makes the scene all the more honest and realistic.
Here, all is quiet as the young man faces to the right, with his sandaled foot resting on a rock, in contrast to the horses which face to the left. As the spectators, we understand that what we are witnessing is the beginning of an event that has both great importance and historical significance.
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