Lead figure of a goddess with shield, spear, and aegis, probably Athena
6th–5th century B.C.
Height: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Gift of A. J. B. Wace, 1924
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Small flat votive figurines of cast lead have been found in great quantities at the ancient sanctuaries of Laconia; over one hundred thousand, dating from the seventh century B.C. to the Classical period, were dedicated to the goddess Artemis Orthia in Sparta.
From Sparta, the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 34, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.