Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Enthroned female
Context: From Athens, Acropolis
Findspot: Found at Athens, Acropolis (found in March 1838 North of the Erechtheion)
Summary: Lower part of a female figure, perhaps Athena, seated on a throne
Object Function: Votive?
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Separated fragments
Style: High Archaic
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 530 BC
Dimensions: H. (incl. plinth) 0.88 m
Scale: Slightly over life-size
Region: Attica
Period: High Archaic


Subject Description: A female, probably a goddess, is seated on a high, narrow throne, embellished with a thick cushion that bulges out on either side. She rests her left hand on her knee; her right hand may have been extended. She wears a thick himation over a thin chiton, and the heavy pleats of her dress, which are arranged symetrically in front of her legs, have rounded terminations at the hem, from beneath which both feet emerge. She wears thick-soled sandals (the tops of which must have been painted on the feet). Her feet, which are also symmetrically arranged, are firmly rooted to the footstool, with the heels touching each other, and the toes pointing out slightly.

Condition: Intact

Condition Description: One large fragment preserves the lap and figure/throne below. The block is heavily chipped and eroded on all edges.

Material Description: Island marble, according to Brouskari

Sources Used: Brouskari 1974, 47, fig. 83

Other Bibliography: Lullies & Hirmer, no. 56, pl. 56; Karouzos 1961, 45, Cat. I A 5; Deyhle 1969, 49-50, fig. 18.2; Schuchhardt in Langlotz & Schrader 1939, 259 no. 372, pl. 164; Payne 1936, 47, pl. 117.3