Goddess of abundance (archetype of Artemis of Ephesus).

Marble.

Viterbo, Cathedral

Description:
Marble statue from the roman age representing the goddes of abundance. The symbols confirming this role are the numerous breasts (or bull’s testicles), the acorn garland and the zodiac signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo) identifying months from March to August, favourable for seeding and harvesting wheat. The work is inspired to the archetype of the Ephesian Artemis.
Credits:
© 2010. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
Info: museum annotation.
THE GALLERY OF ANCIENT ART
Keywords: marble statue of goddess of abundance dea dell’abbondanza statue of Artemis of Ephesus Diana Cynthia acorn garland branch wreath signs of the zodiac Lion Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer
HISTORY OF ANCIENT ROME