The Peplos Scene
The seated Athena (center) has removed her aegis indicating that
she his preparing to receive her birthday gift: a new peplos (a new garment)
Hephaestus is watching (right).
This peculiar removal of Athena's aegis (slung casually across her
knees) pertains to one of the acts vital to a proper pompe or procession
of the Panathenaic procession - namely, that of dressing up.
East frieze of the Parthenon
London, British Museum
(Click the image for a full screen view)
of the Peplos
to the top
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