Marble head of Athena


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

This head of Athena references Archaic Greek art, like the Artemis of Pompeii reconstruction nearby. A decorative band stretches over her stiffly organized row of wavy locks. While scientific analyses have not confirmed painted polychromy, the deeply carved eyes once held colored glass inlays. An attachment hole on the top of the head also indicates that the goddess wore an Attic helmet with a neck guard and a tall crest that was probably cast in bronze.

Marble head of Athena, Marble, Island, Roman

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