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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part of the crest, " Xo'<poc", is seen under the left shoulder of the
figure; it is slightly relieved from the ground of the metope.
The fragment of the female figure is very spirited, and evidently
in strong action; part of the left foot belonging to it is seen on
the thigh of the warrior ; it affords some idea of the attitude of
the figure, and has guided us in restoring the position of the
fragment as shewn in the Plate. The head of the male figure
is drawn to a larger scale, in order to convey a more perfect idea
of the style and character of the sculpture.

These metopes, like those of the Parthenon and the The-
seium, are in very high relief, some parts being quite detached;
they bear a great resemblance to some of the figures on the
early Greek and Sicilian fictile vases, and the sculpture, though
not quite equal, is very similar, both in style and execution, to
the sculpture of the Panhellenium of jEgina'. The metopes
are formed of a fine compact lime-stone', of a superior quality
to that used in the fabric. Several vestiges of red, blue, and
green colour were distinguishable upon the fragments when they
were first discovered.

The success which attended our excavations at this temple

' Wo arc supported in this observation hy the opinion tit Mr. Thorwaldson, who saw the
drawings of the sculptures in Rome in IS-.'i, Tho authority of so distinguished a sculptor
is valuable, more especially from the circumstance of Mr. Thorwahlsou's intimate know-
ledge of the /Egina marbles, the rest orations to those valuable objects of ancient art hav-
ing been effected by him.

For on account of these marbles the reader is referred to Mr. C. R. Cockcrcll's descrip-
tion of them in Vols. VI. and VII. of the Journal of Science and the Arts.

' The quarries which yield this stone arc at Menfri, about eight miles distant from So- '
linns, and still furnish the material used hy the modern inhabitant- in the ornamental parts

of their masonry.
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