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Bronze statuette of Athena flying her owl

ca. 460 B.C.
H. 5 15/16 in. (15 cm)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
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.
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