260 x 130 cm
early 20th century
This piece is a scientific reconstruction of a famous Greek statue, which was assembled on the basis of several Roman works of art. The Roman pieces were adaptations of the statue of an Athenian sculptor, Kephisodotos, which depicted Eirene — Peace. The goddess wears a thick robe (peplos) and a thin mantle, and holds an infant in her left arm. The child is Ploutos or Abundance, identified by the horn of plenty beside him. The goddess looks at him tenderly, as if he was her child — abundance is born of peace. The statue was erected on the Agora of Athens to commemorate a peace treaty.