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Olympia: Head belonging to the statue of Hera


Statue of a female head
The image shows the head of a woman excavated near the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. Experts believe that the head belongs to the statue of Hera that existed inside the temple. The statue is now on display at the Olympia Archaeological Museum.

Built around 590 BCE, the Temple of Hera is one of the oldest temples in Greece, and is located on the north-west corner of the Sanctuary of Olympia. As the name suggests, this Doric style temple is dedicated to Hera, the wife of Zeus and the queen of Greek gods. According to Pausanias, who visited this site in the 2nd century CE, the cella of this temple had the statue of Hera on the throne and the statue of Zeus standing next to her.

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