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Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age: The Reproductions of E. Gilliéron and Son

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Marble head of Athena

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 200 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 19 in. (48.26 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.178
  • Description

    The dynamic movement and passionate expression of this colossal head mark it as a rare example of monumental art from the late third to the second century B.C., when an exaggerated baroque style prevailed in some areas of the Mediterranean. The goddess originally wore a helmet of marble or bronze, added separately. The ears are pierced for metal earrings. The head comes from an over-life-sized statue that possibly represented the goddess striding forward. The statue may have stood outdoors, as a monumental votive image of the warrior goddess in her role as protectress of a city rather than within a temple as a cult statue.

  • References

    Schäfer, Thomas. 1996. "Gepickt und versteckt. Zur Bedeutung und Funktion aufgerauhter Oberflächen in der spätarchaischen und frühklassischen Plastik." Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, : no. 81 .

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 206, pp. 178-79, 443.

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