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Marble statuette of the goddess Hekate

Adaptation of work attributed to Alkamenes
1st–2nd century A.D.
10 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (27.31 x 10.8 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Reginald E. Gillmor, 1960
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Adaptation of a Greek statue of about 425 B.C. attributed to Alkamenes

Hekate, the goddess of the moon and of sorcery, presided over crossroads. She was first represented as three women standing against a pillar in a statue erected in about 425 B.C. on the bastion of Athena Nike at the entrance to the Akropolis in Athens. It was one of the earliest statues deliberately made to imitate the stiff linear way of depicting clothes that had marked works of the sixth century B.C.
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