Elgin marbles

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The 'Elgin Marbles' is a popular term that in its widest use may refer to the collection of stone objects - sculptures, inscriptions and architectural features - acquired by Lord Elginduring his time as ambassador to the Ottoman court of the Sultan in Istanbul. More specifically, and more usually, it is used to refer to those sculptures, inscriptions and architectural features that heacquired in Athens between 1801 and 1805. These objects were purchased by the British Parliament from Lord Elgin in 1816 and presented by Parliament to the British Museum.
The collection includessculptures from the Parthenon, roughly half of what now survives: 247 feet of the original 524 feet of frieze; 15 of 92 metopes; 17 figures from the pediments, and various other pieces of architecture. Italso includes objects from other buildings on the Acropolis: the Erechtheion, the Propylaia, and the Temple of Athena Nike.
In the nineteenth century the term 'Elgin Marbles' was used to describethe collection, which was housed in the Elgin Room at the British Museum, completed in 1832, where it remained until the Duveen Gallery (Room 18) was built.
Material from the Parthenon was dispersedboth before and after Elgin's time. The remainder of the surviving sculptures that are not in Athens are in museums in various locations across Europe. The British Museum also has other fragments fromthe Parthenon acquired from collections that have no connection with Lord Elgin.

El "mármoles de Elgin" es un término popular que en su uso más amplio puede referirse a la colección deobjetos de piedra - esculturas, inscripciones y elementos arquitectónicos - adquirida por Lord Elgin durante su etapa como embajador en la corte del sultán otomano en Estambul. Más concretamente, y másgeneralmente, se utiliza para referirse a esas esculturas, inscripciones y elementos arquitectónicos que adquirió en Atenas entre 1801 y 1805. Estos objetos fueron adquiridos por el Parlamento...
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