From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
Name/TitleMarble head of a Warrior
About this objectThe original sculpture was part of the pedimental group of the temple of Aphaea on the island of Aegina, thought to represent Aeginetan soldiers in a battle. It is possible that the warrior represented a combatant in the first or second Trojan War.
The Greek historian Pausanias describes Aphaea as an epithet for the nymph Britomartis, the daughter of Zeus. According to the myth, she flung herself into a fisherman’s net whilst fleeing Minos, and Artemis took her to safety on the Aegean island. Aphaea is thought to mean ‘invisible’. Originally associated with fertility and agriculture, she was later connected with the goddess Athena as well.
The warrior’s approximate date of c. 500-490 BC coincides with the rebuilding of the temple of Aphaea after a fire thought to have occurred in c. 510 BC. Damage sustained by the original bust may correlate to this event.
MakerMinistry of Culture Archaeological Receipts Fund
Maker RoleCasting and Copying Workshop
Date Madeca. 1988-1989 AD
Place MadeGreece; Athens
Place NotesOriginal manufactured in Aegina
Medium and MaterialsPlaster, Wood, and Metal
Style and IconographyArchaic
MeasurementsHeight 290 mm
Weight 3410 gm
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LinePurchased, 1979.
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