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Head of ancient Greek supreme goddess Hera – Museum Copy Sculpture Bust

Made of cast stone
Finish: antique stone finish
Dimensions: 39cm or 15.5"H
Item No. X358
Period: Greek Age (7th-4th century B.C.)
This Item is an Identical Museum Reproduction

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Head of ancient Greek supreme goddess Hera – Museum Copy Sculpture Bust. This is a replica of a museum original ca. 420 BC from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Made of cast stone with antique stone finish – placed on marble pedestal. About: Hera, the worthy spouse of Zeus and the patron goddess of the family and married women. Circa 420 BC. National Archaeological Museum, Athens. She is the sister and wife of Zeus. Queen of the Olympian Gods, she was also worshipped as a goddess of marriage and birth. Zeus, after seducing her unsuccessfully, turned himself into an ill cuckoo; Hera took pity of the bird and put it to her breast to warm it; then Zeus, suddenly retook his proper shape and rape her. She married him to cover her shame. Hera gave birth to Hephaestus (god of fire and volcanoes), Hebe (goddess of youth) and Ares (god of war). Most mythological tales concerning Hera are about her jealousy of Zeus’s various infidelities. Whenever she discovered one of her husband’s love affairs, she would enter in great fury and rage and punished her rivals and their children. For that, Zeus invented different sort of stratagem to hide his lovers and illegitimate children. Hera’s attributes are a diadem and a veil. She is described and portrayed as a majestic, solemn woman.

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