Romano-Egyptian Terracotta Head of the Goddess Athena

£ 275.00

A fine Romano-Egyptian terracotta fragment portraying the head of the Greek goddess Athena, mounted on a custom-made base. Her facial features, now worn, are rendered with incisions, and so is her hair. This attractive piece features the goddess wearing a pseudo-Corinthian helmet raised above her head. As goddess of war strategy, Athena was often portrayed armoured in sculpture.

Date: Circa 1st Century BC-2nd Century AD
Provenance: North London gentleman, in storage from the 1970’s. Property of a West London gentleman
Condition: Fine, with natural wear due to ageing. Part of hair missing on bottom left side. Mounted on a custom-made stand. Please note that the measurements provided are including the stand.


Product Code: RES-178
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Greeks and Romans typically made votive offerings to mark important life transitions. Votive offerings often fulfilled obligations that individuals had made while praying. Unlike sacrifices, in which a gift to the gods was destroyed, offerings were typically deposited intact in the temples. One of the primary functions of Greek and Roman temples was as a storage place for these offerings. The temples themselves were a votive offering, dedicated by the community as a whole to a particular god or goddess.

To discover more about how terracotta statuettes were made, please visit our relevant post: The Making of Terracotta Statuettes in Antiquity.

Dimensions W 3.5 x H 7.5 cm
Greek Mythology





North Africa

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