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Lemnian Athena

The sculptor of the Parthenon Pheidias made a bronze Athena that stood on the Acropolis in Athens. It was dedicated and paid for by a colony of Athenians on the island of Lemnos in the north Aegean Sea, shortly after they began living there in 451 BCE.

This is another Roman copy of the lost bronze original, and probably found in Rome. Headless when found, it has been augmented in this cast by the addition of the Bologna Head. Athena probably stood with a spear in her left hand and a winged victory or libation bowl in her right. It is thought that in the original by Pheidias she did not wear a helmet, unlike many sculptures of Athena

Location of Original: 

Dresden Albertinum 49


Purchased 1900-1


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 145 (n.8), pl. 51.3
Richter: Sculpture & Sculptors of the Greeks (1950), 228, fig.615
Lawrence: Classical Sculpture (1928), 198, pl. 49
Müller, W: Brunn-Bruckmann, Denkmäler Griechischer und Römischer Skulptur, pls. 793-4, text vol. 6 (1947)
Hermann: Catalogue of the Dresden Museum, 21
Hurwit: The Athenian Acropolis, 27 & 151

Roman. Original: c.448 BCE
Of original: Pheidias

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