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Cast no.10

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Cast no.10


Relief with armed male dancers. From the Athenian Akropolis.
Marble. 323-322 BCE.
Athens, Akropolis Museum no. 1338.
H 13 in., L 36 in.
Metropolitan Catalogue: Cast no. 927.
Cast Location: Robinson B359 Hallway

The marble relief of armed dancers is part of one side of an inscribed base for a statue dedicated by Atarbos in honor of victory in the pyrrhic dance at the Panathenaic Games. A second block with more figures in relief joins this one. At the left of this block, the chorus leader, wearing a chiton and himation, inclines her head in the direction of two groups of four dancers each. The naked men wear small Attic helmets, carry round shields on outstretched left arms, and clench their lowered right hands. They walk in step, rhythmically and gracefully, right foot forward, left foot back, their bodies turned slightly outwards. The name of Atarbos can easily be distinguished at the center of the inscription on the molding above the dancers.

Bibliographic Citation


See Inscriptiones Graecae 2.2, 3025; A. Kosmopoulou, “The Relief Base of Atarbos, Akropolis Museum 1338,” in K. Hartswick and M. Sturgeon eds., Stephanos. Studies in Honor of Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway (Philadelphia, 1998);, Acropolis 1338&object=Sculp Fig. 10.


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