It was found in two pieces, south of the Parthenon in 1888 and is one of the finest examples of the so-called “Severe Style”.
It depicts Athena standing in front of a low stele. The goddess wears a peplos, secured around the waist with a belt, and a Corinthian-style helmet. She stands leaning on her spear with one hand, while the other rests on her hip. Her feet are bare; her bodyweight placed primarily on the right foot, while the left is extended backward, her toes just resting on the ground. The goddess has her head bowed, directing her gaze at the low stele in front of her.
This stele has been the object of various interpretations. Some consider it to be a boundary marker of the goddess’s sanctuary; others suggest it was inscribed with an archive of the sanctuary’s precious offerings. Still others believe it recorded the names of fallen warriors in some battle – a subject that would fit the goddess’ thoughtful, almost sad expression.
Although today this relief is completely white, spectrographically analysis have shown that its background in ancient times was painted blue.
HANDMADE IN GREECE
Height: 25.5 cm (10.03 inches)
Width: 15 cm (5.90 inches)
Depth: 1.5cm (0.6 inches)
Weight: 915 gr (2 lbs)
Material and manufacturing process: cast marble
Cast marble statues are made from a composite material in which natural crushed Greek marble stone is mixed with a small amount of resin which acts as a glue. The mixture is then poured into a mold of the design of the statue. Because the powder is so fine, the smallest details can be reproduced using this method. Over 90% of the finished sculpture is natural crushed Greek marble stone, giving it a look and feel of solid natural marble. All sculptures are hand finished to ensure the best quality. This strong material is water and weather resistant, bubble free, will not crack and can be washed with most cleaning agents.
Please note: our statues are not sculpted. The 100% natural marble statues are hand carved and cost a lot of money. Our product offerings are intended to be affordable to the majority audience.