Statuette of standing Athena

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
4th or 3rd century B.C.


Height: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Statuette of Athena standing. Has large, elaborate helmet with three plumes on top and flaps curled up on sides. Holds elliptical shield on her left. Wears a long chiton and a mantle, bunched on the left shoulder, a tip of which falls from her right arm. Flat back, curves back, unworked with a rectangular vent just below shoulder level. Rectangular plinth. Light reddish-brown, fine clay. Said to be from Cerveteri.


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.

Credit Line

Everett Fund