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The Parthenon - East Pediment

East Pediment: Dionysos or Theseus        

This is a plaster copy of a youthful male figure from the south corner of the east pediment of the Parthenon. The male figure reclines on an animal skin; its paw lies just below a piece of drapery below the male's left hand -- it would not have been visible from the ground. If the paw is a lion's, the male is Theseus. If it is a panther's, it is Dionysos. The right hand is missing, but the shoulder is positioned in such a way that he could be holding a kylix (drinking cup) in hand.



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Nike (Victory) of Samothrace (reduced size)
Modern plaster replica (given to the Wilcox by the KU Department of French and Italian) at a about 1/2 scale of a Greek original of ca. 190 BCE (original is just over 8 ft tall). According to the small metal oval in the back, the cast was purchased from the Caproni Bros. cast company of Boston probably in 1885.

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