Aphrodite, goddess of love. (I swear when I wrote that my mind played her theme song from Disney’s Hercules the tv series)
Found at Baiai in southern Italy. It formerly belonged to the collection of Lord Hope and was donated to the National Museum by M. Embeirikos in 1924. The neck, head and right arm were restored by the famous Italian sculptor A. Canova (1757-1822). Aphrodite is depicted standing, rude save for a richly draped himation which she retrains with her left hand in front of her pudenda. Version made in the 2nd c. AD of the type of the Syracuse Aphrodite, the original of which goes back to the 4th c. BC. This statue can be found in one of Athens’ many museums.
It’s funny. I went to Las Vegas for a wedding at Caesar’s Palace, a couple of months after my trip to Greece, and I saw a replica of that same statue. It was weird seeing it and knowing I saw the real thing not to long ago.
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