Acropolis Museum Lucky Charm 2018: "Wreath of myrtle"

The Acropolis Museum’s good luck charm for 2018 is inspired by an exhibit of wreath presented on a marble slab displayed in the Gallery of the Slopes (Mid 1st century, ΕΜ 8124). The Archon and Head Overseer of Justice (the ‘Thesmothetis’) Mitrodoras from Marathon was presented with a wreath of myrtle by the City of Athens on retirement in recognition of his good service.  He in turn dedicated a relief representing the wreath to the God of Justice ‘Apollo under Makrais’ that was worshipped in a cave under the ‘long’ rocks, west of the Acropolis.

Available for purchase at the Acropolis Museum Shops.
Price: 35.00€ / Design: Kostas Dimopoulos

Acropolis Museum Lucky Charm 2017: "Lion head"

The Acropolis Museum’s good luck charm for 2017 is inspired by the masterful waterspout in the form of a lion head from the Old Temple of Athena Polias that is dated to the last quarter of the 6th cent. BC. The multicolored head of this regal animal decorated the roof of the Temple and protected the sacred building from every evil.

This exhibit can be found on the 1st floor of the Museum in the Archaic Acropolis Gallery. The lucky charm is available for purchase in the ground floor Shop.

Design by Kostas Dimopoulos

Acropolis Museum Lucky Charm 2016: "Magic sphere"

The design of the Museum's lucky charm for 2016 is inspired by the magic (marble) sphere (2nd – 3rd century AD). This object was discovered near the Theater of Dionysus.  It shows the God Helios (Sun) on a throne, a lion, a monstrous figure and various ‘magic’ symbols. The ball appears to have been used in rituals in the hope that its magical powers would lead to good and bring happiness.

This exhibit can be found on the 1st floor of the Museum in the Gallery of Antiquities of the 5th cent. BC to the 5th cent. AD.

Design by Alexandra Tsoukala