|Collection:||Samos, Archaeological Collection of Pythagoreion|
|Findspot:||Found at Samos, Tigani Castle, in an early Byzantine wall|
|Summary:||Seated female figure, perhaps Hera|
|Sculpture Type:||Free-standing statue|
|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|
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.
The left lower side of the throne is inscribed as follows:
*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
Inscription Bibliography: J. Barron,
ClQ 14 (1964) 218 f.; MdI 6 (1953) 16 f., n. 5;
ArchAnz 1969, 555; MarbWPr 1963, 16 n. 11; H. Möbius in AntPl 2, 26 ff, figs. 3-5; ArchEph 1953/1954 (1958) 185 ff.; AM 31 (1906) 151 ff., pl.