Fragment of a marble neo-Attic relief with Peitho


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158

This fragment shows Peitho, the personification of persuasion, seated on a high pillar with one hand on a dove and the other holding the edge of her himation (cloak). This scene was part of a decorative relief of Helen being persuaded by Aphrodite to leave her husband and go off to Troy with the Trojan prince Paris. The work was produced for the Roman market. A well-preserved Roman relief in the Archaeological Museum of Naples (Mus. Naz. 6682) shows the entire composition with all the names inscribed.

Fragment of a marble neo-Attic relief with Peitho, Marble, Pentelic, Roman

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