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Marble head and torso of Athena

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
Overall: 26 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (67.3 x 32.4 x 29.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.97.15
  • Description

    The goddess Athena is rendered as a beautiful young woman. The lining of her helmet—which was pushed up on the top of her head—appears above her hair. The protective aegis (goatskin) with the Gorgon's head in the center is reduced to a kind of collar that permits the torso and garment to be articulated. The original Greek work was probably executed in bronze.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 92, 234, pl. 74f.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 65, p. 43, pls. 54d-f.

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