RELIEF: DEITIES AND MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES
The trapezoidal relief originally made of bronze is divided into four registers. In the lowermost register we see the winged Artemis holding two lions as the mistress of animals. A mythical story unfolds above her: Heracles aims his bow at a fleeing centaur, whose body is composed of the figure of a man and the rear of a horse. The two upper registers show two confronting griffins and three eagles. The bronze relief probably decorated a stand that perhaps supported a vessel for burning incense. It may have been a votive offering in the sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia.