Small Head of Athena (Worked for Insertion into a Statuette)

Unknown1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This head of Athena is carved as a separate element for insertion into a statuette body. She wears a Corinthian helmet, and there is a hole at the top of the helmet, possibly for the insertion of a crest. The face is round with narrow eyes. The mouth is closed with full lips. The hair spreads out under the helmet and flows down the back of the neck in a thick braid. The helmet is pushed back on the head; there is a ram head in relief on each cheek piece.


  • Title: Small Head of Athena (Worked for Insertion into a Statuette)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
  • Location Created: Greece (?)
  • Physical Dimensions: 17 × 7.1 × 10.1 cm (6 11/16 × 2 13/16 × 4 in.)
  • Type: Mythological figure
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Marble, white
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 81.AA.166
  • Culture: Greco-Roman
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of Robert Blaugrund
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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