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Artemis - Front View by wiebkefesch Artemis - Front View by wiebkefesch
Another view of the AMAZING statue of Artemis at the Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli).

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According to the explanatory text, this is a form of Artemis showing her as the goddess of all kinds of fertility and growth. We also learned that the many "breasts" are not breasts but actually represent giant bull testicles, which are covering her actual breasts (one of which yields milk, the other honey). I personally think this whole thing seems like it would fit right into some kind of Hindu temple. (Link for further info: [link])

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:iconsami-edelstein:
sami-edelstein Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Great!!
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lordkorv Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
i must say that this is one of the most beautiful goddess statues i have ever seen. you are right when you say that it look like something from a Hindu temple, the giant bull testicles is just like the Lingam. but what does the tower on her head mean?
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lordkorv Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
i must alsou say that you got the view just right as well, this is what a worshiper must have seen when they walk into the temple.
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:iconhermetic-wings:
Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderfully captured, bautifull sculpture...Thanks for sharing :D
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:iconwiebkefesch:
wiebkefesch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! It's pretty incredible.
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolulaetly :D
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thespis1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Artemis of Ephesus :) carved by an Aphrodisian artist probably and I guess it comes from Hadrian's villa in Tivoli where he had built copies of the wonders of the world he has visited...
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wiebkefesch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the info :)
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grimdeva Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've also heard that this many breasted form of Artemis and also her red deer form were the versions the Spartans honored. It's an amazing piece.
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
I like it a lot, well shot. What size is actually?
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