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Iris (thought of as the spirit of the rainbow) from the west pediment of the Parthenon, Elgin Marbles  440-432 BCE  British Museum, London

Iris (thought of as the spirit of the rainbow) from the west pediment of the Parthenon, Elgin Marbles BCE British Museum, London

Phidias (Greek sculptor), "Elgin Marbles" from the Parthenon, 447–438 BCE, British Museum, London.

Phidias (Greek sculptor), "Elgin Marbles" from the Parthenon, BCE, British Museum, London.

Horse head sculpture from The Parthenon in Greece.  These beautiful marble sculptures were stolen by Lord Elgin in 1803. They now reside at the British Museum and Greece wants them back!

Horse head sculpture from The Parthenon in Greece. These beautiful marble sculptures were stolen by Lord Elgin in 1803 and relocated to Britain. They currently still reside at the British Museum for reasons that, er, erm.

Head of an athlete wearing a “taenia”; the head was originally part of a full-length statue but was added to a modern bust by its restoer. The head is either modeled on a Greek original of about 470 -460 BC or is a new Roman creation in a Classicising style. (Source Museum WEB Site)  Roman marble sculpture 1st century BC or AD London, The British Museum  | Egisto Sani - Flickr.com

Head of an athlete wearing a “taenia”; the head was originally part of a full-length statue but was added to a modern bust by its restoer. The head is either modeled on a Greek original of about 470 BC or is a new Roman creation in a Classicising style.

Figures from the East Pediment of the Parthenon, Acropolis Athens. From left to right cat no D Dionysos ,middle E & F Demeter & Persephone, left G Hebe. British Museum London Exhibit. |  © Paul Randall Williams 2012.

PARTHENON Figures from the East Pediment of the Parthenon, Acropolis Athens. From left to right cat no D Dionysos ,middle E & F Demeter & Persephone, left G Hebe.

One of the most beautiful sculptures I have ever seen.  This sculpture of a torso belongs to the series of sculptures known as The Elgin Marbles in the Parthenon that were transported to the British Museum.

This sculpture belongs to the series of sculptures known as The Elgin Marbles. They were taken (some would say stolen) by Lord Elgin and taken from the Parthenon to England and acquired by the British Museum.

The Motya Charioteer: The British Museum | Made by a Greek sculptor in Sicily about 460-450 BC. Marble from Greece or Turkey. Found in 1979 on the Sicilian island of Motya (Mozia), off the western tip of Sicily. Flickr.com

The Motya Charioteer: The British Museum - Made by a Greek sculptor in Sicily about BC. Marble from Greece or Turkey. Found in 1979 on the Sicilian island of Motya (Mozia), off the western tip of Sicily.

Figures from the East Pediment of the Parthenon, Acropolis Athens. From left to right cat no K possibly the goddess Hestia ,L & M probably the goddess Aphrodite lying the the lap of Dione her mother. British Museum London Exhibit. | © Paul Randall Williams 2012.

PARTHENON Figures from the East Pediment of the Parthenon, Acropolis Athens. From left to right cat no K possibly the goddess Hestia ,L & M probably the goddess Aphrodite lying the the lap of Dione her mother.

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