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Athena with an Owl
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Athena with an Owl

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Description A maidenly and surprisingly modest Athena bends her head forward. Perched on her hand is an owl, the emblem of her wisdom. Her war-like aspect is downplayed here, although her upraised left hand once held a staff or spear, and she wears a helmet crowned by a sphinx. The simplicity of the figure heightens appreciation of the artist's skill.
Date Description Narrative
  • Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens. Hood Museum of Art, Hanover; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton. 1992-1993.
  • Pandora's Box: Women in Classical Greece. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Basel. 1995-1996.
Provenance Henri Leman, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase [Joseph Brummer as agent; Brummer inv. no. X401]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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ca. 450 BC (Classical)
solid cast bronze
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5 11/16 x 3 1/8 x 1 3/16 in. (14.5 x 7.86 x 3 cm)

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