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

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Marble statuette of Kybele

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 13 7/16 in. (34.11 cm.); width 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm.); depth 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.139.24
  • Description

    Based on a gold and ivory statue by the Greek sculptor Pheidias or Agorakritos of the late 5th century B.C.

    The cult of Kybele, the mother goddess of Anatolia, had been brought to Athens by the fifth century B.C. A statue of the enthroned goddess accompanied by lions and holding a cymbal stood in the Metroon, a prominent building in the Agora–the marketplace–of Athens. Over one hundred small marble copies such as this have been found in the Agora.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 127, pp. 75-76, pls. 97a-c.

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