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


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.