Roman, based on a cult statue by the Greek sculptor Pheidias or Agorakritos of the late 5th century b.c.
H. 13 7/16 in. (34.11 cm), W. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922 (22.139.24)
The cult of Kybele, the mother goddess of Anatolia, was 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 that served as a repository of the state archives. More than 100 small marble copies such as this have been found in the Agora.