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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encouraged us to examine the others with equal care, and in the
course of our researches we found two sculptured metopes be-
* longing to the posticum of the adjoining temple (marked D,
Plate I.). Of these metopes a very slight description only can
be given, as our further researches were prevented by the Sici-
lian Government'. They were found under some immense
fallen masses of the posticum, and, as they were not much en-
cumbered with earth, a slight view of them was obtained. One
is in a tolerable state of preservation, and represents a male and
female figure combating; the female bears a shield on the left
arm, and the warrior has the chlamys falling over the right
shoulder; the heads and other parts of these figures are much
ruined. The stone of the other metope was so much decom-
posed that it was with some difficulty the sculpture could be
made out; it appeared however to represent a subject similar to
the last.

As far as the disadvantageous situation of these metopes
would allow an opinion to be formed concerning the style of their
sculpture, it appeared to be of a later date, and superior in point
of taste to that of the other metopes already described, and the
corresponding character of the architecture of this temple, cor-
roborates, in some measure, this opinion. It was most satisfac-
torily ascertained that these two metopes belonged to the frize
of the posticum', and there can be little or no doubt that the

1 In the hope that these sculptures may ultimate!; Ik- recovered from the ruins where
they arc now buried, Mr. Angell gave a plan, shelving their exact situation, to the Duca <ii
Serra di Falco, and tlur Baron l'isaivi, at Palermo, two gciitlnurii distinguished for
the zealous interest whieh they lake in the antiquities of their country.

* This is supposed to he the only known example in which the metopes of the peristyle
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