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The Statue of Aphrodite of Milos

Updated: Apr 20, 2022

Today, you can see a copy of this famous Aphrodite of Milos statue at the Hellenic Museum! The original statue is thought to be created by the sculptor Alexander of Antioch between 150 and 125 BCE.

You might notice that the statue is missing its arms.

What object do you think Aphrodite might have been holding in her missing arms- a rose, an apple or a dove?

These are all symbols of Aphrodite – the goddess of love. But what if the statue was holding different items…we will never know, but that might mean that the statue represents a different goddess!

The Aphrodite statue, which may have stood in an ancient temple, was found accidentally in 1820 by a Greek farmer called Yorgos Kentoras. Kentoras found the statue when he was looking for stones to strengthen the wall surrounding his field on the island of Milos.

The original statue is currently located at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

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