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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Represents the metope which was placed to the spectator's
right of the centre of the front of the temple, and consequently
one of those over the central intercolumniation. It is a most
interesting specimen of ancient sculpture, and perhaps may he
considered as one of the most curious and important examples
of the ancient alto-relievo that we are at this day acquainted
with. The subject is composed of a quadriga and three figures;
one of these, apparently a youth, is standing in the car, and
holds the reins of the horses with his left hand; the right arm and
hand, which probably held the reins also, are wanting, as well
as the upper part of the body and the neck of this figure. On
either side the car, and standing immediately behind the outer
horses of the quadriga, is a figure with one arm raised towards
the youth, and holding some emblem or attribute, which, from
the ruined state of the metope, cannot be clearly made out;
the feet of these attendants are shewn close to the hoofs of the
hinder legs of the horses. The figure to the spectator's left
appears to hold the ring of a shield, whilst the hand of the other
seems to be covered with a description of hand-guard, the " x"S'f" '>
continuing partly up the wrist; from the waist downwards, these
two figures present, a plain surface, possibly intended for drapery
fitting close to the bodyr; of the heads, a small fragment of one
only could be found ; a slight difference is observable in the re-
maining portions of the hair of these figures. The horses are

' Meyrick's Ancient Armour, p. 31. Horn. Oil. ;
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