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Athena is the Greek Goddess of wisdom, courage, war, strength, and strategy. The virgin patron of the city named for her, Athens, and was the Goddess to whom the people of Athens devoted the ancient temple, the Parthenon. She figures prominently in a wide range of range of Greek myths, including the tale of Medusa, who unlike her Gorgan sisters was a beautiful priestess within Athena's temple. However, Poseidon defied Medusa's vow of chastity within Athena's temple, and for violating her temple Athena cursed Medusa such that her hair turned to snakes, and her lower body became that of a serpent.
This beautiful statue portrays Athena as though she were sculpted of bronze. With her feet planted wide, she bears the shield marked with the head of medusa, and wields a spear in her other hand, with her body clad in the armor and helmet of a hoplite warrior. The result is a beautiful image of the protector goddess, who stands defiant and calm with the Owl, a symbol of her wisdom, descending to perch upon her shoulder. Standing 12" tall, she is a perfect piece for your altar or home, reminding you to seek wisdom in choosing your battles, and otherwise bringing the protection of the beloved Athena into your life.