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Ancient Greek statue of Aphrodite found off south Italian coast

A ancient Greek statuette, about 80 cm tall, was found yesterday in waters 15 metres deep off Cape San Vito, Taranto, in Southern Italy.

Ancient Greek statue of Aphrodite found off south Italian coast
The statuette of the goddess Aphrodite discovered on the seabed off Taranto
 in Southern Italy [Credit: ANSA]
During the press conference the Mayor of the town clarified that only the Greek statue - and not a shipwreck as was earlier reported - had been found.

Further exploration is planned in the area because the diver who found the statue claims to have also seen a vase nearby.

The statuette is inspired by a famous statue of the Hellenistic period, which subsequently was copied many times.

It portrays the goddess Aphrodite, who appears entirely nude, leaning against a pillar that is now lost, about to remove her sandal from her left foot. In her other hand she was probably holding an apple, a traditional attribute of Aphrodite, or perhaps a ball of makeup.

The artist and date of the much copied original have often been disputed: many people believe the replicas to have been inspired by a bronze sculpture made during the late third century BC by Polymachos; some speak of a work in the tradition of sculptures by Lysippos and paintings by Apelles; while others think the original was created in a workshop in Alexandria.

Source: ANSA [January 26, 2017]  

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