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Votive relief showing Athena standing before a votive pinax

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Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Votive relief to Athena
Context: From Athens
Findspot: Found at Athens
Summary: Athena standing before a votive pinax
Object Function: Votive
Material: Marble?
Sculpture Type: Stele, relief-decorated
Category: Single monument
Style: Late Classical
Technique: Medium relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 400 BC - ca. 350 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.52 m; W. 0.265 m
Scale: Miniature (pictorial field)
Region: Attica
Period: Late Classical

Subject Description: On the left is an altar with a triangular pediment. Behind it stands a stele with a votive pinax atop. On the right, before this altar, stands Athena (identified by inscription), shown in 3/4-view to the left, wearing a peplos belted over an overfold. She raises her right hand to support a spear (not preserved, but probably originally indicated in paint). Svoronos notes that Athena's stance on this relief is reminiscent of that on the "Mourning Athena" relief (Athens, Acropolis 695).

Condition: Fragmentary

Condition Description: A single fragment preserves part of the middle of the relief. Some red pigment remains on the drapery of Athena.

Inscription: The relief bears the following inscription: *A*Q*E*N*A*A*I*A*N*E*Q*H[*K*E...], "...dedicated to Athena."

Sources Used: Svoronos 1903-12, 349-50, pl. 58