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Head of Athena

Artist: Unknown Greek Artist Primary
Date: ca. 510 BCE
6th century BCE
Dimensions: 18.5 x 9 x 9.5 in. (46.99 x 22.86 x 24.13 cm)
Object Type: Statue
Creation Place: Europe, Greece
Medium and Support: Plaster Cast
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Accession Number: L1991.02
On View: Elisabeth H. Schwabe Seminar Room, Bellarmine Hall LL 105

West Pediment, Old Athena Temple, Acropolis

Original in the Acropolis Museum, Athens

from "Highlights of the Plaster Cast Collection" published by the BMA 11/10 in conjunction with the exhibition, Gift from Athens, p. 4.

This head is from a full-length marble original of Athena that was at the center of the East Pediment of the Old Athena Temple (Acropolis). The pedimental figures, depicting the Battle of Olympian Gods fighting Giants, showed Athena attacking a fallen giant.


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