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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Sculptures of the Parthenon: "A dozen saws for marble of various sizes"

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The voice of UNESCO and international organizations is unfortunately lost in the labyrinth of the British Museum and does not penetrate the soundproofing of Downing Street, number 10…

With the developments, an aspect of the adventure of the Sculptures is brought back to the memory as it was narrated in the show “A day in Athens”(13/12/2019) Mrs. Tatiana Poulou Archaeologist at the Tax Office of Antiquities of the City of Athens.

The archives of the Elgin family still retain the lord's correspondence with the που artists he had sent to Athens to plunder the sculptures, under the cloak of Ottoman tolerance. The great Italian topographer named Lucier is in charge. In a letter to Elgin, he asked for special saws to arrive quickly to complete the task assigned to him.

"Please, I am writing to you because this time you have to bring me a dozen saws for marbles of different sizes in Athens. As soon as possible. I need three or four, 20 feet away, to cut a large relief that can not be moved without reducing its weight.

You can read more at older post  (16/12/19) entitled "In the archives of Elgin-The chronicle of the looting of the Parthenon"

 

 

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