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Well. She is a little headless, and (*cough*) shorthanded. But she is undoubtedly the love goddess herself: Aphrodite, currently living in the Altes Museum in Berlin.

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Apart from the lush curves, you know she's a love goddess because she's treading on a tortoise:

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Allegedly that's a great Erotic Signifier in classical sculpture, for some reason now lost. They had a very sexy reclining hermaphrodite-with-tortoise too, in an adults-only room just off here, so I suppose I have to believe the labels...

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I'm awestruck at the skill needed to carve draped fabric in stone. Absolutely amazing.
Isn't it wonderful? Always want to run my fingers over the folds, but sadly, not so much.
I'm completely baffled by the turtle thing. Poor turtles.

Edited at 2014-07-04 06:55 pm (UTC)
My mum (yeah, thanks mum), thinks it's a phallic thing, with the emergence of the tortoise head being ever so symbolic. So, possibly. Me, I don't think tortoise = sex, and I'm pretty comfortable with that.
She is really rather beautiful.

Still boggling at the idea of the tortoise as a signifier of eroticism, though!
Isn't she? Starring in that gallery, as it should be.

Just commented above My mum (yeah, thanks mum), thinks it's a phallic thing, with the emergence of the tortoise head being ever so symbolic. So, possibly. Me, I don't think tortoise = sex, and I'm pretty comfortable with that. That's where I've got to re tortoises.
The subject of tortoises came up during a conversation with my daughter yesterday. And I mentioned that they were, apparently, a symbol of eroticism in classic sculpture, goodness knows why.

"It'll be because of the way they stick their heads out, you know, a bit like a knob," says the daughter straight away....