Angell, Samuel
Sculptured metopes discovered amongst the ruins of the ancient city of Selinus in Sicily by William Harris and Samuel Angell in the year 1823 — London, 1826

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seem adapted to protect the shoulders, and a belt of singular
shape crosses over the left shoulder-guard and passes down to
llie right thigh; this, however, is too much ruined to enable
us to discover its original form or purpose: two rows of
straps, which were commonly of brass, perhaps the " Zumtig"
or " pirgct", are attached to the " «aXaf" at the waist, and
under these is seen the tunic, which is strained tight by the
position of the left leg. The scabbard for the sword is sus-
pended by the thong, " Ttxa^,", which crosses the breast, and
passes over the right shoulder-guard; the large round shield is
placed behind the warrior, and the sculptor has ingeniously
enough designed the hollow of it to form the relief to the
figure ; a small portion of the rim of the helmet is seen over
the left shoulder. The female is draped with the tunic and
peplum, which fall in a number of stiff parallel folds, observable
always in the earliest representations of drapery .- her majestic
and commanding attitude induce a supposition that she is intend-
ed to represent a goddess1, possibly Minerva*, to whom this
temple might have been dedicated, and her exploits sculptured
on the metopes.

It is much to be regretted, that two small fragments were
the only portions that could be found of the upper part of this
metope, after a very long and diligent search ; the upper f'rag-

1 Udiii. II. Lib. xvni. v. 519, j.hoi i'i«ro?.>'£ov{( itrut.

" Ainl from the multitude of humbler limn
Distinguished, with prom-irly, as i;ijds.
TJy beauty, sine, and majesty of mien."

* There is a figure of Minerva, very much resembling this. <>
of Syracuse. See Sicilis Vetera Nummi, tab. uonnn.
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