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Head of the horse of Selene
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This marble head of the horse of Selene, goddess of the Moon, is from the east pediment of the Parthenon temple in Athens. It is perhaps the most famous and best loved of all the Parthenon sculptures.

The horse was originally positioned at the far right of the pediment, jaw hanging over the edge, as Selene’s chariot sank beneath the horizon. The sculptor has captured the very essence of a beast at the utmost limits of its physical endurance. A night spent drawing the chariot of the Moon through the sky has left it exhausted and gasping for breath. The skin seems to be stretched over its bones, taut against the great flat plate of the cheekbones. The nostrils are distended, the round, pupil-less eyes bulge with effort, the veins and sinews stand out, and what remains of the ears lie almost flat against the head.

Head of the horse of Selene

From the east pediment of the Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, c.438-432 BC
L. 83.3.cm.

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