Part of a female figure considered to come from the frieze that decorated the Erechtheion's north porch. The woman wears a chiton with sleeves and over it himation which is wrapped around her shoulders and back and covers her legs. She bents her right arm and rests it on her abdomen holding this way the himation folds.
Like other frieze figures, the woman has been interpreted as a mere spectator who watches mythological scenes whereas according to another interpretation she is a heroine relating to the mythological past of Athens. Due to certain technical details, as well as the usage of a different kind of marble, this particular sculpture has been considered as a work of a later time period that was added onto the frieze during repairs made on the Erechtheion, possibly after its partial destruction in the 1st cent. BC. A different opinion suggests that the sculpture comes from the south side of the temple and that it was added after damages occurred there in the 4th cent. BC.
The Erechtheion's frieze ran along the upper part of the walls of the cella, as well as the north porch. It was adorned with figures of gods, heroes and mortals with the figures depicted on the porch frieze rendered slightly larger in size than the rest. They all were worked on all sides except the back side, carved in white marble from the island of Paros and fastened with metal brackets onto background slabs of gray stone from Eleusis. The surviving frieze fragments are just a few, therefore, our understanding of the frieze's original theme, which possibly relates to the myths and cults associated with the Erechtheion and more specifically Erichthonios, is not possible. The inscription Ακρ. 6667 δ preserves the names of some of the artists who sculpted the figures as well as their wages.
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