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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The only remains of any consequence which were found of
the other metopes were some heads, which are represented in
Plate IX. Nos. I. and 3. are female heads; No. 2. being the
profile of No. 1. No. 4. is the head of a warrior; the helmet
was partly coloured red. No. 5. is the head of a female figure,
with the hair falling down in front over the shoulders.

The size of these metopes is three feet eight inches in width
by four feet nine inches in height, the widtli varying slightly in
the different metopes. The space occupied by the sculpture is
a square of three feet five inches only; the difference in height
is occasioned by a fascia or capital of six inches, and a band or
plinth at the bottom, on which the sculpture is placed. The
fascia and plinth, with a slab on each side of an inch and a half
in thickness, form a frame to the metope, beyond the line of
which the relief of the sculpture does not project; this arrange-
ment, we presume, may be considered as peculiar to this temple,
as in all other examples of sculptured metopes the sculpture
projects beyond the face of the triglyphs.

The sculptures are in high relief, and are of the same de-
scription of stone as those of the temple on the eastern hill ;
their style is crude, though not without expression'; the general

1 The follow ini; mile, taken from the "mk on Specimens <>!' Vnrirnt N-ulpttuv published
by the Dilettanti Socktv, must prove interesting to the reader, as it relates to the coins of
Sclinus, ami, from tin- connexion « hieh exists between (lie arts of sculpture ami numisma-
tology, it is prc-usm-d that it' introduction line mil not lie considered inappropriate:

....•' The city of Sclinus was taken and sacked by the Carthaginians only twekc
years after the fall of Lcimliuni, and though it was a^ain restored III) years after"ards, the
coins of its first pel iod are easily distinguished from those of its second. The progress of art
appears to have been nearly tin* -anic a- at l.iontinm. and it- coins Mulshed with -til] more
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