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Three Goddesses from east pediment of the Parthenon. c. 438-432 B.C. Marble. The British Museum, London.

The East Pediment contained a scene of the birth of the goddess Athena Parthenos. According to Greek myth, Athena was born at dawn fully clothed in armor. The birth scence in the middle of the East Pediment is lost. But the surviving figures to the right of Athena are splendid. The most famous surviving figures are known as Three Goddesses. The three goddesses are witnessing the birth of Athena Parthenos. The drapery folds are remarkably detailed and elegant considering the 2000 year exposure to the Athenian sky. The drapery mould the gentle contours of the bodies. The postures of the figures are molded to the sloping roofline of the pediment.

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