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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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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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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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wiebkefesch Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I think 7-8 ft. tall. So slightly larger than "life size."
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Ah, I see, thanks! :)

As to her 'Hindu' looks - Greek art influenced art in Asia Minor, and people combined it with their local traditions in depicting their own gods. So that may explain some of the the frippery. And, on the other hand, the empire of Alexander the Great reached all the way to the borders of India, and it may well influenced local art there too. :)
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thespis1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
this image type is 400 years older than Alexander and it has nothing to do with India. Several other many breasted goddesses and even a Zeus type is known from Karia, Pisidia and Phrygia in Turkey. These all derive from Hittite fertility gods of the bronze age.
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Newbie-387 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Oh, if only they knew a little more about reproduction...
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liquidether Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Great exposure.
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ingridochoa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
Cool!
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