|Title:||Aegina, E. Ped. 2, fig. E 9: Left Helper|
|Context:||From Aegina, Sanctuary of Aphaia|
|Findspot:||Excavated at Aegina, Sanctuary of Aphaia|
|Summary:||Helper figure backing up left Opponent|
|Date:||ca. 490 BC - ca. 480 BC|
|In Group:||Aegina East Pediment 2|
The Left Helper E9 rushes right. A fragmentary bedding exists which Ohly believes must belong with this figure and, on the strength of this, positions him at the back of the pediment. The placement is thus similar to that of the Right Helper. The surviving left foot with plinth helps to determine the position. Both feet are set at an angle, suggesting that the figure moves toward the front of the pediment as well as toward the center. The forward left leg supports most of the weight. The trailing right leg forms a long diagonal which would have continued in the line of the torso and the head. The diagonal forms one leg of a three-figure triangle, a reflection of the composition on the right. Like the Right Helper, this young warrior was apparently nude. To him Ohly assigns the beardless helmeted head found together with the head of Athena in the pronaos (exhibited separately in Munich). Ohly has identified E9 as a Helper on the basis of the similarity with E4 and the presumption of mirror composition in the right and left sides of the pediment. However, relying only upon the preserved fragments, his identity and function remain unclear.
Form & Style:
The scale, rendering and pose recall other figures in the East Pediment. The helmet is similar to the type worn by E10, with hinged cheekpieces added separately.
Only the legs and the head are preserved.
Associated Building: Aegina, Temple of Aphaia