Fragment from the frieze of the Erechtheion's north porch on which depicted is a female figure. The woman stands while she turns to the right. She wears a chiton and himation and would have possibly held the latter’s folds with her hand.
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.
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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