Bronze statuette of Athena flying her owl


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

Owls of a type that can still be seen flitting about the Akropolis of Athens were associated with Athena, whose sanctuary was on top of that high rocky plateau. For centuries, the principle coinage of Athens showed the head of Athena on one side and an owl on the other. Here the goddess stands relaxed, ready to let the bird fly.

Bronze statuette of Athena flying her owl, Bronze, Greek

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