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Statue of Athena Parthenos (the Virgin Goddess)

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Roman-period replica of the cult statue that once stood within the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis, a chryselephantine (gold and ivory) colossal statue designed by the master sculptor Phidias and . dedicated in 438 B.C. The goddess wears a helmet on which are remains of Pegasoi on either...

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By date unknown: private collection in Germany; by 1980: with ANTIKEN/H. Herzer and Co., Promenadeplatz 13, 8000 Munich 2; purchased by MFA from Heinz Herzer, April 16, 1980

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd or 3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 019; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 040.


Overall: 154 cm, 232.7 kg (60 5/8 in., 513 lb.) Stone (Dry mounted recessed 3 3/8" deep into Concrete base): 69.9 x 55.9 x 51.4 cm (27 1/2 x 22 x 20 1/4 in.) Mount (Concrete base dry mounted onto wooden pallet): 22.9 x 105.4 x 89.5 cm (9 x 41 1/2 x 35 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World