Bronze head of a statuette of Zeus, from his sanctuary at Olympia. 520-510 B.C.
The head belongs to a statuette of Zeus, the father of the gods and men and patron god of Olympia, of about half life-size. The eyes were inlaid and executed in a different material from the rest of the head. The statuette will certainly have been dedicated at the sanctuary of Olympia, possibly by an athlete who had won some contest, or by his city, to commemorate his achievement and to express gratitude to the god. The piece is a fine creation by an important bronze workshop, probably in the northeastern Peloponnese.