Statuette of standing Athena
Classical or Hellenistic Period
4th century B.C.
Height: 28.6 cm (11 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Statuette of Athena standing. Archaistic (“indigenous”) figure of Athena, with a helmet with side wings whose crest is missing, and a large oval shield on her left. She wears a tiny aegis over a long garment. Flat back with a round vent in upper portion. Simple rectangular plinth. Said to be from Cerveteri. Reddish, coarse clay. Heavy fabric.
December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888)
NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.