Athena sterling silver plaque, mounted on Green Alpi marble ( paperweight )
- • Handmade 100% • Made in Rome, Italy • Material : Sterling Silver, black belgian marble • Height : 7 cm (2.7 Inches) • Length : 5 cm (1.9 Inches)
This 925 silver plaque was mounted on a fragment of Black Belgium marble, to make a paperweight. It represents the Goddess Athena with her typical attributes: the Corinthian helmet, the owl in her left hand and an olive branch, a tree sacred to Athena, in her right hand. Athena is the Olympian goddess of wisdom and war and the adored patroness of the city of Athens. A virgin deity, she was also – somewhat paradoxically – associated with peace and handicrafts, especially spinning and weaving. Majestic and stern, Athena surpassed everybody in both of her main domains. In fact, even Ares feared her; and all Greek heroes asked her for help and advice. Athena’s name is closely linked with the name of the city of Athens. The Ancient Greeks debated whether she got her name after the city or the other way around. Modern scholars usually agree that the former was the case. In art and literature, Athena is usually depicted as a majestic lady, with a beautiful, but stern face, unsmiling full lips, grey eyes and a graceful build, emanating power and authority. She is always regally clad in either a chiton or a full armor. In the former case, she is sometimes represented with a spindle. In the latter case, she wears an elaborately crested Corinthian helmet and holds a long spear in one hand and an aegis in the other, or an olive branch, or her owl.