Attributed to Pheidias
Marble relief (Block V) from the East frieze of the Parthenon, 438-432 B.C., Marble
The British Museum, London
This scene forms the centre of the great frieze of the Parthenon – the great monument to Athens which stood (and still stands) on the Acropolis at the very heart of the city. It commemorates the culmination of the Great Panathenaia, which we heard about before with the Panathenaic amphora. Here, the festival in honour of Athena culminates with a procession to her temple on the Acropolis, and the dressing of her statue – the xoanon – with a specially-woven peplos. The youth on the right can be seen handing the garment to an older official; either side, as you can see in the first and second images, three women prepare for the dressing of the statue, whilst the gods – Iris, Hera and Zeus (from L to R on the top panel); Athena and Hephaestus (from L to R on the second panel) look on.