Cast of the Varvakeion Athena from Athens

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  • Catalogue text

    Athens, National Museum, inv. 129.

    Found in 1880 in a Roman house behind the Varvakeion Gymnasium in Athens.

    Stauette of Athena Parthenos dressed in sleeveless peplos girt at the waist with two snakes. She wears aegis, sandals, and helmet with three crests shaped as a sphinx and two pegasoi. She holds a shield at her left side, behind which curls a snake (Erichthonios), and a figure of a winged Nike, supported on a column, in her left hand. Red and yellow paint is preserved on the original. 2nd century AD miniature version of the Athena Parthenos by Pheidias of Athens, 450-438 BC (see C 77-8).

    In: Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)

Further reading

Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)

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