Elgin Marbles <BR> 2H x 8.625W x .75D ea
The Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles.
Sold as a set of 3.
These three plaques are a miniature reproduction of pieces taken from the frieze of the ancient Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
The Parthenon Frieze went around the entire building and shows a procession said to be the Panathaneic Festival which takes place on the birthday of Athena, the patron of the city of Athens. Another theory is that it shows the story of Erechtheus, one of the founding myths of Athens.
The 'Elgin Marbles' is a popular term that refers to the collection of stone objects - sculptures, inscriptions and architectural features from various location in Greece that were purchased by Lord Elgin in 1803 during his time as ambassador to the Ottoman court of the Sultan in Istanbul, Turkey. The Ottomans occupied Greece at the time.
The artifacts were moved to London between 1803 and 1810 and stored in a barn. They were later sold to the British Museum for a mere £35,000, a ridiculous sum even in 1816.
There is considerable controversy surrounding the ownership of these priceless artifacts and there have been various campaigns to have them returned to Greece. Melina Mercouri, a famous actress and later, political activist was the first female Minister for Culture of Greece and strong advocate for the return of the Elgin Marbles to Athens. A foundation formed in her name continues the effort.
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