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Cast no.38

Dublin Core


Cast no.38


Votive relief with olive, owl, and serpent.
Classical, perhaps 4th century BCE.
Berlin, Altes Museum.
H 10½ in., W 22 in.
Metropolitan Catalogue: Cast no. 908.
Long-term loan.

The relief with an owl, a serpent, and an olive tree is said to be a votive plaque dedicated to Zeus, who was sometimes worshipped in the form of a snake, but not with an owl and an olive as well. The iconography appears to be better suited to Athena, the patron deity of Athens, who gave the olive tree to Athens, and who is frequently shown with an owl and a snake. The plaque comes from the Zea, one of the harbors in the Peiraeus, the port of the city of Athens.

Bibliographic Citation


See Berlin Museum, Beschreibung der antiken Skulpturen, no. 723.

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