Collection: Samos, Archaeological Collection of Pythagoreion
Title: Aiakes' Dedication
Context: From Samos
Findspot: Found at Samos, Tigani Castle, in an early Byzantine wall
Summary: Seated female figure, perhaps Hera
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. 540 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.14 m. Plinth: H. (front) 0.14 m; H. (back) 0.105 m
Scale: Slightly over life-size
Region: Sporades
Period: High Archaic


Subject Description: Female (?) figure seated on a square throne, with sphinx finials on the armrests. The left foot is slightly advanced, and the right hand rests flat on the left knee (the missing right hand seems to have clutched an indeterminate object). S/he wears a himation, draped over the left shoulder, over a medium-sleeved chiton, of which several folds are tightly gathered at the front of the skirt. Although the head is missing, long tresses of hair (three on either side of the head) fall over the chest.

Condition: Single piece

Condition Description: The statue lacks only the head, part of the right side (including throne), the right tow and attached plinth. The surface is weathered, scratched, and stained.

Inscription:

The left lower side of the throne is inscribed as follows:

*A*E*A*K*H*S *A*N*E*Q*H*K*E*N*O*B*R*Y*C*W*N*O*S: *O*S *T*H*I*H*R*H*I *T*H*N *S*U*L*H*N: *E*P*R*H*S*E*N: *K*A*T*A *T*H*N*E*P*I*S*T*A*S*I*N.

Inscription Bibliography: J. Barron, ClQ 14 (1964) 218 f.; Jeffery 1961, 330 f.; Klaffenbach, MdI 6 (1953) 16 f., n. 5; Smith 1944, 264 f.

Sources Used: Freyer-Schauenburg 1974, 139-46 no. 67, pls. 56-57

Other Bibliography: Tuchelt 1970, 78, 87, 189; Homann-Wedeking, ArchAnz 1969, 555; Tolle 1969, 12 f., fig. 6; Kyrieleis 1969, 164 n. 596, 197 ff.; Herdejürgen 1968, 19; Homann-Wedeking 1966, 136 ff.; Himmelmann 1965, 24 ff., pls. 4-5; Himmanmann-Wildschütz, MarbWPr 1963, 16 n. 11; H. Möbius in AntPl 2, 26 ff, figs. 3-5; Alscher 1954-63, 2.1, 157 ;Akurgal 1961, 240; Richter 1949, 139, 168, fig. 261; E. Homann-Wedeking, ArchEph 1953/1954 (1958) 185 ff.; Lippold 1950, 58 n. 2, pl. 13.4; Buschor 1934-61, 2.40 f., figs. 141-43; 4.91, fig. 363; Sauer 1930, 28; Schede 1929, 22; E. Curtius, AM 31 (1906) 151 ff., pl.