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Art history question

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carla harwitt (
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 08:45:09 -0800 (PST)

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One of my art history students asked me a question, and I wonder if anyone
out there has the answer. During the Aegean Art period a structure was
built called the Lion's Gate at Myceneae. It is notable for, among other
reasons, being one of the earliest structures to have a thin, separately
carved relief slab attached over the doorway. In other words, instead of
this "pre-pediment" kind of relief sculpture having been carved into a
huge structural stone, the architect left that area uncarved and then
placed over the doorway a separate carved slab.

The question my students asked me was, "How was that slab attached?" I
don't know the answer to that. Can anyone out there help me?

--Carla in LA

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