Bronze statuette of the goddess Athena in the type of Promachos (first in the battle to defend her city from its foes), from the Acropolis of Athens. 500-470 B.C.
The patron deity wears Attic helmet and aegis over a long chiton. Én her extended left hand she was holding a shield (whose grip is preserved on her forearm) and a spear in her raised right one. As stated by the inscription, incised on the base, it was dedicated to Athena by a certain Meliso, who spent one tenth of her income for the manufacture of this work. The series of such statuettes was produced under the influence of the sculptures of the east pediment of the temple in honour of the goddess, constructed on the Athenian Acropolis by the Peisistratids.