Reproduction of an Athena bust made from molded marble (marble powder with binders). Finished with an imitation bronze patina.
Measurements: Height: 45 cm. Base: 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm.
Approximate weight: 10 kg.
Athena. 4th century BC. Greece. Aegina, Temple of Aphaia. Original in Parian marble. Louvre Museum. Paris.
Athena, also known as Pallas Athena, is the Hellenic goddess later identified in Rome as Minerva.
The goddess Pallas Athena was born fully armed from the head of Zeus and represents the wise one always ready to fight against error and ignorance. She is the goddess of war whose attributes are intellect and discretion rather than courage and strength, which is why she was linked to military tactics. She is also the goddess of literature and presides over the arts, a role in which she tends to overshadow the Muses; however, she maintains a closer relationship with philosophy than with poetry and music proper. She is also a protector of craftsmanship and industry and was often chosen as the guardian and patroness of cities, as was the case with Athens, a city that even took its name from her.
Athena’s attributes were the spear, helmet, and aegis. On her shield, she placed the head of the Gorgon given to her by Perseus, which had the power to turn anyone who looked at it into stone. Her sacred plant was the olive tree, and her animal was the owl, a symbol of wisdom, due to its penetrating gaze capable of seeing in darkness and its constant vigilance.