Statue of Athena

Inv. Scu 278

It is one of the numerous Roman copies of a statue of Athena made between the end of the 4th and 5th century BC, in which the goddess is wearing a long tunic (chiton) and a cloak; her head is covered by a Corinthian helmet and her right hand shows a preserved fragment of the spear that she held.

The most famous example of this type, kept in the Vatican Museums, is known as Athena Giustiniani . The ancient head is not the original of the statue, but belongs to the same type.

The statue perhaps comes from Velletri. Previously kept in the Chiaramonti Museum in the Vatican, it was transferred to the Capitoline Museums in 1839.