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Athena Promachos

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Statuette of Athena Promachos. Spear (in right hand), shield (on left) and crest of helmet, also cast separately, missing. Athena stands on a rectangular, two-part base. She wears an ample aegis over the long overfold of her chiton.


According to the acquisition paperwork the bronze was found in Minorca prior to 1883; since that time it has been in Ramis y Ramis Collection, Minorca, and Vivès Collection, Madrid; by date unknown: with Elie Borowski, 25 Admiral Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; purchased by MFA from Elie Borowski, April 8, 1954, for $ 3,000.00

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2

Greek, Archaic Period, about 510–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 020; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 118 (additional published references).


Height: 10.6 cm (4 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World