Fragment from the frieze of the Erechtheion's north porch which preserves parts of a woman and a little girl group. The woman seated almost frontally turns towards the girl on her side. Her legs are apart from each other and covered with her himation which creates rich folds down to her ankles. The girl dressed in a fine chiton leans against the woman’s left thigh with her right leg bent and the left more relaxed. The child’s hovering posture would have been balanced by her embrace with the woman: the latter must have had her left arm around the girl’s waist and the girl would have tied her arms around the woman’s neck.
Like other frieze figures, these figures have been interpreted as mere spectators who watches mythological scenes whereas according to another interpretation they are heroines relating to the mythological past of Athens.
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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