The Acropolis after the Persian Wars

The Kritios boy

A characteristic sculpture of the period after the Persian Wars, aptly combining motion, plasticity and seriousness in facial expression. It is considered the work of the sculptor Kritios. Post 480 BC. Marble from Paros (Acr. 698)

The Blond Boy

Head of the statue of a youth. When first found, its hair retained traces of yellow pigment. A leading work of art after the Persian Wars. Post 480 BC. Marble from Paros (Acr. 689)

Relief of the Pensive Athena

Athena is presented in front of a stele leaning on her spear in a relaxed manner. The stele has been variously interpreted either as a boundary marker of a sanctuary, a catalogue of treasures or a list of war casualties. Around 460 BC. Marble from Paros (Acr. 695)

Head of a bronze statue

Bearded hoplite who would have worn a helmet. A unique sample of the large bronze statues of the Acropolis. 480-470 BC. Bronze (NAM 6446)

Αthena Promachos

The inscription on the base reads: Meleso dedicated me to Athena as dekate (1/10 of the earnings). Around 475 BC. Bronze (NAM X 6447)