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"Penelope"

According to Greek myth, Penelope was the personification of fidelity and patience, having waited over twenty years for the return of her husband Odysseus from the Trojan Wars. However, this so-called Penelope, now headless and unrestored, is more probably a funerary monument. It is thought to be Athenian work possibly plundered by the Persians during the sack of Athens in 480 and 479 BCE

Number: 
558
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Tehran Museum

Size: 
0.80m
Accession: 

Purchased from the Akademische Kunstmuseum, der Universität Bonn, in 1965

References: 

Richter: Ancient Italy, 48

Date: 
mid C5 BCE
Provenance: 

Found in Persepolis in Iran

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