A Greek bronze bust of Athena Palladion
Lot 6*
A Greek bronze bust of Athena Palladion
Sold for £ 11,250 (US$ 15,483) inc. premium

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2 Oct 2014, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

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A Greek bronze bust of Athena Palladion A Greek bronze bust of Athena Palladion A Greek bronze bust of Athena Palladion A Greek bronze bust of Athena Palladion
A Greek bronze bust of Athena Palladion
Archaic, circa 6th Century B.C.
The goddess depicted wearing a peplos, with a high crested helmet with incised detail and a circular appliqué at the front above her forehead, her hair centrally-parted and falling over her breasts and down her back in long beaded locks, her right arm held aloft once holding a spear, her left arm once holding a shield, the lower half missing, with large almond-shaped eyes and a slight 'archaic' smile, 2½in (6.3cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Pomerance Collection, acquired by Leon Pomerance on 28 October 1965 from Joseph Ternbach, New York. Accompanied by a copy of the invoice.

    Published:
    The Pomerance Collection of Ancient Art, exhibition catalogue, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1966, p. 81, no. 92.

    Exhibited:
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985.
    The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 14 June - 02 October, 1966.

    Literature:
    The Athena Palladion form is thought to have originated in the 7th Century B.C. This type of statuette is named after the statue of the goddess at Troy that was carried away by the Greeks when they captured the city. The story is depicted in black-figure vase painting of the 6th to early 5th Century B.C. The form is characterised by an archaising style, a frontal posture, with the right arm raised to hold her spear aloft, her left arm holding her shield in front. For similar bronzes, cf. J. Charbonneaux, Greek Bronzes, New York, 1962, p. 141, pl. VII 3.
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