National Archaeological Museum
ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 8.00 – 20.00
Admission: Full €10, reduced €5 | Special ticket package – Full: €15, reduced €8
(Valid for National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Numismatic Museum and Epigraphic Museum)
Grave stele (h. 1,56 m., w. 0,97 m.), made of Pentelic marble, found in 1870 in the ancient cemetery of the Kerameikos and dated 410-400 BC. An Athenian lady seated on a chair, her feet resting on a footstool, looks at some jewelry held in her raised right hand, originally rendered in paint. Opposite her, a sorrowful standing attendant holds an open jewelry box. According to the inscription on the epistyle, the deceased is Hegesso, daughter of Proxenos. Her imposing appearance, along with the magnificence of the family grave plot, to which the stele belongs, indicate her noble origin. It is an exquisite work, attributed to Kallimachos.
Important groups also include vases of all types and tools, the weapons and finds from the shipwreck at Antikythera, including the famous mechanism, a scientific instrument of the 1st century B.C. used for astronomical and calendar calculations.
Through these statues and minor arts one can trace the development and evolution of ancient repousse and chasing and metalworking, discern various artistic trends, the achievements and interactions of the workshops, and at the same time approach the daily life of human beings, with their habits, customs, cults, and religious beliefs, from the Geometric until the Roman periods.
The donations of Ioannis Dimitriou and Alexandros Rostovitch, two Greek expatriates in Egypt, offered to the Museum, make up the core of the collection, which was enriched further by donations from the Greek Archaeological Society, the Egyptian government, small donations as well as archaeological finds from excavations within Greece.
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| Walking Tour: National Archaeological Museum |
Visit one of the world's great museums, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens on this three-hour private walking tour.