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Marble head and torso of Athena

1st–2nd century A.D.
Marble, Pentelic
Overall: 26 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (67.3 x 32.4 x 29.5 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
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.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1926. "Greek Sculpture: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolian Museum of Art, 21(5): pp. 126–28, fig. 2.

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

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

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2003. Light on Stone: Greek and Roman Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Photographic Essay. pp. 96-7, pl. 13, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lazzarini, Lorenzo and Dr. Clemente Marconi. 2014. "A New Analysis of Major Greek Sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum: Petrological and Stylistic." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 49: pp. 121–22, 138–39, fig. 10, Appendix.

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