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Relief of Striding Warriors

Relief of Striding Warriors

300–200 BCE
Overall: 32.7 cm (12 7/8 in.)
Location: 102C Greek

Did You Know?

This relief was likely part of a larger frieze that decorated a naiskos, or small temple, above a grave.


This carved limestone relief depicts two warriors striding to the right, one wearing a broad traveler's hat called a petasos and the other a Corinthian helmet. Each wears a short cloak called a chlamys over his left arm (now missing on the righthand warrior). The left warrior looks back, perhaps toward a horseman, since a small fragment of a horse’s foreleg remains behind his knee. The strong diagonals of the warriors contrasted with the flowing drapery of their cloaks demonstrates a dynamism characteristic of Hellenistic relief sculpture.
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    Klumbach, Hans. Tarentiner Grabkunst. Reutlingen: Gryphius-Verlag, 1937. Mentioned: p. 4, 58, 71-73, 15, Reproduced: pl. 4.
    Wuilleumier, Pierre. Tarente, des origines à la conquête romaine. Bibliothèque des Écoles françaises d'Athènes et de Rome, fasc. CXLVIII, Paris,1939. Mentioned: p. 300, Reproduced: pl. 13, 5.
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    Carter, Martha L. Classical Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1961. Mentioned and reproduced: p. 7-8; Plate 14
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    Hadzi, Martha Leeb. Transformations in Hellenistic Art, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachusetts, February 3-March 18, 1983. [South Hadley, Mass.]: Trustees of Mount Holyoke College, 1983. Mentioned and Reproduced: p. 32, cat. 12.
  • Classic to Baroque: A Style Change in the Arts. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 30-November 13, 1949).
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