Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Head of Athena
Rhodes (?), Greece
Late Hellenistic Period, 1st century BCE
Marble
H: 15 cm
Bequest of Norbert Schimmel, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 91.71.335
 
 
Athena, goddess of wisdom, was the patroness of weaving, crafts, and the more disciplined aspect of war. Called Parthenos (virgin), and Promachos (the one who leads in battle), she is often shown helmeted, wearing a goatskin breastplate and carrying a shield, with Medusa’s head depicted on either the breastplate or shield.

Publications:
Muscarella, Oscar White, ed., Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, Philipp von Zabern, Mainz, Germany, 1974

Exhibition:
Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1977
Gods and Mortals: Selected Objects from the Norbert Schimmel Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 17/05/1992 - 31/10/1992

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir