Ten rare fragments of the Parthenon return “home” to the Acropolis Museum

Ten fragments of the sculptural decoration of the Parthenon will be transferred to the Acropolis Museum from the warehouse of the National Archaeological Museum, where they have been kept until now.

The fragments include parts of human figures from the eastern and southern friezes of the Parthenon and its northern metopes, as well as parts of the head from the northern frieze.

It is reported that one of the fragments was recently displayed at the National Museum of Archeology in an exhibition dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821. A fragment of the north frieze is part of a young man’s head.

The fragments were documented by the late archaeologist and explorer of ancient Greek sculpture and architecture, Giorgos Despinis, and will soon find their place among the exhibits of the Acropolis Museum.

According to the newspaper kathimerini, the Acropolis Museum began to “collect” small and large pieces of the frieze of the Parthenon, which were in museums throughout the country. The reason is not only that all parts must return “home” to their natural environment. In the end, it is speculated that the only pieces that will be missing will be those still in the British Museum.

The Central Archaeological Council (CAS) approved the transfer and exhibition of ten fragments.

* miniature: archive of the Acropolis Museum

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