"She was the goddess of metis, which means cunning or craftiness ... The word that we use today, to mean the same thing, is really technology."
—Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
This pendant is an extremely accurate 3D scanned, 3D printed, and hand-cast reduction of an ancient Roman bust of Athena.
While Ares' domain was the chaotic aspects of war, Athena was the goddess of war strategy, and disliked fighting without purpose. Athena was the patron and helper of many heroes, including Odysseus, Jason, and Heracles, and as patron of Athens she fought in the Trojan war on the side of the Achaeans.
This likeness of Athena is thought to be from a lost 5th-century BC Greek bronze. Many marble and plaster copies were made in antiquity, and they are all now named after the most famous Roman copy in this style, the ten-foot-tall full-figure marble found near Velletri, Italy, now at the Louvre.
This particular Athena of Velletri comes from a 19th-century plaster cast of the Munich Glyptothek’s 2nd-century AD marble. That cast is now in the Skulpturhalle Basel museum in Basel, Switzerland, where in 2013 I spent a week 3D scanning high-fidelity 19th-century plaster casts of ancient sculptures. I’ve now prepared the resulting 3D data of Athena of Velletri—the first of its kind—for 3D printing wax patterns which are then hand cast in a variety of precious and semi-precious metals in the traditional lost-wax casting method.
The original bust is over life-size, and is missing its nose. I digitally restored it by copying and pasting the nose from an Ares Borghese-type bust. I've reduced the bust to just over two inches tall, and set it in a bale so that you can wear Athena as a pendant, in an alloy of bronze and stainless steel.
(Visit my shop for the same piece in a variety of precious and semi-precious metals: shapeways.com/shops/cosmowenman)