The eyes were inlaid, the aegis snakes and belt ornament added in
This handsome Athena in Basel seems to fly like the Nikai (Victories)
and her flat back suggests that she had been fastened to a background slab.
The inlaid eyes are unexpected in a marble and it is difficult to
imagine its original setting and context.
About 420-400 BCE
Marble, Height 0.53 m
Basel, Antikenmuseum BS228
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