The Ashmolean's Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase photo
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    Ashmolean Museum Grand Staircase.
    Photograph: Beazley Archive, Ian Hiley
Blue Frieze photo
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    Plaster Cast of the Bassae Frieze.
    Photograph: Beazley Archive, Ian Hiley

Marble frieze (about 400 BC) from The Temple of Apollo at Bassae, now in the British Museum.
Photographs: John Boardman

Cockerell decorated the walls of the museum's Great Staircase with plaster casts of the Bassae frieze. Blocks of the original frieze had been brought from Greece to the British Museum in 1815.