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Roman Marble Head of Athena

$24,000

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"On her head [Athena] set her helmet of gold, with four plumes, and coming to a peak both in front and behind - decked with the emblems of a hundred cities; then she stepped into her flaming chariot and grasped the spear, so stout and sturdy and strong, with which she quells the ranks of heroes who have displeased her." Homer, Iliad II.5.663 This beautiful marble head of Athena, or Minerva to the Romans, is full of pathos, with melancholic, almond-shaped eyes framed by a sweeping brow. An iron tenon protruding from the centre of her head was probably once used to attach a bronze Corinthian helmet. The goddess of wisdom, warfare, and protector of Athens, Athena was the favourite child of Zeus. She emerged from his head fully formed and armour-clad, so magnificent that even the sun god Helios stopped the course of his chariot through the sky in awe. Provenance: From the collection of a Danish nobleman, Slagelse, Denmark, acquired from the Palazzo Braschi, Rome, 1850 Kunsthallen Kunstauktioner, Copenhagen, auction 396, December 1990, lot 427 Subsequently in the collection of Danish sculptor Hanne Varming.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Width: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Depth: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Classical Roman (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1st-2nd century AD
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1052215645422

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