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Head of Athena Medici

The Athena Medici (once in the Medici Collection and now in the Louvre Museum in Paris) probably copies the bronze Athena Promachos by Pheidias installed near the center of the Athenian Acropolis in 456. Its height was so great that the tip of the spear Athena carried in her right hand was said to be visible from Sounion.


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Nike (Victory) of Samothrace (reduced size)
Modern plaster replica (given to the Wilcox by the KU Department of French and Italian) at a about 1/2 scale of a Greek original of ca. 190 BCE (original is just over 8 ft tall). According to the small metal oval in the back, the cast was purchased from the Caproni Bros. cast company of Boston probably in 1885.

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