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  • kinda looks like mercury?

  • It’s most likely a relief sculpture of the virgin Athena (Athena Parthenos).

    The original sculpture by Phidias, begun in 447 BC, included winged horses, griffins, and a sphinx on the helmet, but clearly the sculptor here opted to omit the griffins and sphinx. The piece on the chest is the head of Medusa. In antiquity, per the Louvre, there were at least 69 copies of the sculpture of smaller sizes.

    This piece appears to be inspired by description of the original by Pausanius, but I would guess that it’s of modern origin, and my (highly inexpert) gut feeling would be French from sometime after 1800.

  • Damn Craig, you go.

  • Craig seems like the expert here, but I did watch Clash of the Titans. The winged horses and Medusa seem to point towards Perseus as the person in the relief.

    • The myths are interwoven. As noted in Wikipedia (and in The Clash of the Titans), Perseus killed Medusa and used her head as a weapon. The myth had Perseus giving the head to Athena to use on her shield. The cuirasse has the gorgoneion made from the head of Medusa.

      In myth, Pegasus sprang forth from the blood of the severed head of Medusa but was only one horse, not two.

  • You go, Craig!

    Also, hair’s too long to be Roman.

  • Nice Craig. Still, why is that Athena? I like the detail on the chest plate and helmet.

    Could it be someone else adorned in the same garb? Alexander?

    Just curious

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