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Reconstruction of the shield of the Parthenos
Pliny says that it showed the battle of the Amazons on the exterior,
and the Gigantomachy inside.
The exterior of the shield, can be reconstructed in some detail.
Its figures were probably of metal, perhaps gilt silver or bronze, affixed
to a background which might also have borne decoration.
The 'Phidias' is top center (with stone).
'Pericles' right of center, below (arm across face).
In the group bottom left it is not clear whether the Amazon is being
helped by a Greek (in which case, the friendly Antiope) or stabbed.
Original diameter about 4.8 m
After E. B. Harrison
Reconstruction at Ontario
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