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Base of a throne, center: a goddess

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Base of a throne, left side: Hermes Kriophoros

Base of a throne, left side(l): Hermes Kriophoros, and center (r): a godde...

Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Square altar with reliefs on three sides
Context: From Athens
Findspot: Found at Athens (1850)
Summary: Square altar with reliefs on three sides
Object Function: Cult?
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Relief-decorated vessel
Category: Single monument
Style: Archaistic
Technique: Low relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 400 BC
Dimensions: H. (pres.) 0.45 m; W. 0.26 m; Th. 0.24 m
Scale: Miniature
Region: Attica
Period: Classical


Subject Description: Side A: Hermes Kriophoros (bearing a lamb), nude and bearded, stands profile to the right. He holds a chlamys over his bent left arm, a kerykeion (herald's staff) in his left hand, and wears a taenia around his head. Side B: a female figure (perhaps Aphrodite) stands in a 3/4-view to the right, with her head turned profile to the left. She wears a thin chiton, with a short overfold, and a veil, a portion of which she holds in her left hand, over her left shoulder. She hangs her right hand at her side.

Condition: Intact

Condition Description: Only the upper part of the altar (?) is preserved. The back is only roughly finished. The lower left corner of the front (side A), is broken off. Through seconary use the third relief (from the left side) has been scraped away, and the upper surface has been hollowed. All surfaces are heavily abraded.

Material Description: White, Pentelic marble (acc. Svoronos)

Sources Used: Karouzou 1968, 41; Svoronos 1903-12, 97-98, pl. 23