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Relief: woman mounting a chariot

Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Votive relief of Athena with Worshippers
Context: From Athens, Acropolis
Findspot: Found at Athens, Acropolis, East of the Parthenon (in 1883)
Summary: Athena with worshippers
Object Function: Votive
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Stele, relief-decorated
Category: Single monument
Style: Late Archaic
Technique: Low relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 500 BC - ca. 480 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.665 m; W. 0.64 m (below); W. 0.655 m (above); Th. 0.08-0.085 m
Scale: Under life-size
Region: Attica
Period: Late Archaic


Subject Description: At the left stands Athena, wearing a chiton and an epiblema as well as an Attic helmet. She holds her drapery in her upraised left hand. She is approached by a family of worshippers--a man and woman with their three children, and a pig as an offering.

Form & Style: Brouskari suggests that this is the first archizing or archaistic relief, on account of the mannered attention to pointed fingers, slim proportions, and exaggerated volumes in drapery that characterize works from the Archaic period and later periods imitating the Archaic style. The severe style (early Archaic) is however perceptible in the hair on Athena's neck (compare Kallimachos' Nike, Athens, Acropolis 690).

Condition: Fragmentary

Condition Description: Comprised of four or more rejoined fragments preserving the upper right corner and the lower left corner, as well as most of the bottom of this square relief. The surface is chipped and stained, with some dark accretions.

Material Description: Island marble, according to Brouskari

Sources Used: Brouskari 1974, 52-53, fig. 94

Other Bibliography: Kontoleon 1970, 16-17, pl. 4; Lippold 1950, 85; Payne 1950, 48 ff, pl. 126; Schuchhardt in Langlotz & Schrader 1939, 304 no. 424, pl. 175; BrBr, 17a