Marble statuette of the goddess Hekate
Adaptation of work attributed to Alkamenes
1st–2nd century A.D.
10 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (27.31 x 10.8 cm)
Bequest of Reginald E. Gillmor, 1960
Adaptation of a Greek statue of about 425 B.C. attributed to Alkamenes
Hekate, the goddess of the moon and of sorcery, presided over crossroads. She was first represented as three women standing against a pillar in a statue erected in about 425 B.C. on the bastion of Athena Nike at the entrance to the Akropolis in Athens. It was one of the earliest statues deliberately made to imitate the stiff linear way of depicting clothes that had marked works of the sixth century B.C.
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