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Statue of Athena, Louvre 
20th-Feb-2012 01:51 pm
This photo of Athena's statue was taken by my daughter in Louvre in previous April.
I wanted to post it here a long time ago but each time I went to Louvre website or google images, I failed to find the statue. It has to be Athena, who else would be wearing egis but I couldn't find a single reference to this image. I tried Miverva and Pallas as well, just in case, it didn't help either. Anyway, the statue is very impressive, so I decided to post it at last in hopes that somebody will recognize it and provide some details.

20th-Feb-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! I'm sure it is Athena or Minerva. I've got a couple of small reproductions and she is wearing a similar aegis, but her clothes are different. I think they might be Roman rather than Greek though.
20th-Feb-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, I highly doubt it's anybody else. There is a very similar statue in Louvre but there is almost nothing left of her head crest and there is no arms.

In this statue, it's most likely the remnant of spear in her right hand and artichoke in left. I couldn't find any association between Athena and artichoke, but found an frequent mentioning of the mortal woman Cynara with whom Zeus fall in love and took her to Mt. Olympus. But she wasn't happy there and pined for her home, so Zeus turned her into artichoke. The legend sounds more Roman than Greek but I wasn't able to trace the original author.
28th-Feb-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Nice image of the Statue, she looks amazing in that pose, i like her dress, I sure would have loved to see a weapons in her hands and surrounded by an animal. Anyways thanks for posting it. I had hard time finding cool images of Roman and Greek Goddesses on Google images.
29th-Feb-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Yes, she looks very majestic and drapes of the clothing are amazing, they look like a real material, not marble.
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