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Identification and Creation

Object Number
After Phidias, Greek (active 5th century BCE)
Detail of the East Frieze of the Parthenon: Priest and child with peplos; after 5th century BC original
Architectural Elements
Work Type
architectural element
19th century
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
British, English
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Plaster cast
106.05 x 10.16 cm (41 3/4 x 4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper right: 18
  • inscription: back, yellow chalk: 56 or 95


Recorded Ownership History
Purchased from the British Museum, 1895

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Museum Purchase
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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This slab is equivalent to Michaelis numbers: V, 33-35.
According to correspondence in Charles Herbert Moore’s files for 17 April 1895, the following plaster casts of the Parthenon frieze were ordered from the British Museum for the new Fogg Museum:
30 ft. in length of South frieze (Michaelis’ nos. XXXV to XLII)
22 ft. in length of the North frieze (Michaelis’ nos. V-X)
Nos. IV and V (Michaelis) of the East frieze
The request to the British Museum was passed along to Domenico Brucciani who, beginning in 1857, acted as the British Museum’s formatore, and in addition, conducted a cast business of his own. After Brucciani’s death in 1880, his firm, Brucciani & Co., continued to supply casts for the British Museum. The casts of the Parthenon frieze obtained by the Fogg in 1895 were made by Brucciani & Co. (Harvard University Art Museum archives : Brucciani correspondence 9 May 1895, 13 May 1895 and 10 July 1895).

Publication History

  • Domenico Brucciani, Catalogue of Sculpture, brochure (London, England, n.d.), pp. 11-13
  • Adolf Theodor Friedrich Michaelis, Der Parthenon, Breitkopf und Hartel (Leipzig, Germany, 1870 - 1871), Michaelis: V, 33-35
  • Ian Jenkins, "Acquisition and Supply of the Casts of the Parthenon Sculptures 1835-1939", Annual of the British School at Athens (1990), vol. 85, pp. 89-114

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