North Metope of the Parthenon with Athena and Hera or Themis
The chiton-clad Goddess seated on a rock presents an extraordinary
pattern of wavy folds across the center of her body and her left side,
not matched on the pediment or the frieze, and contrasting with the comparative
severity of the peplophoros before her.
The latter's severity is mitigated by the cloak she holds as a backdrop
to her body.
Since she is Athena we may assume that this eye-catching style and
pose (and the fact that this is the first metope figure faced by anyone
approaching the Parthenon) is deliberate.
North Metope, 442-441 BCE
Cast in Oxford
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