Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Ludovisi Throne

The Ludovisi Throne is an artifact from Southern Italy that is both mysterious and beautiful. This is one image from it. There were no surviving text inscriptions so we don't know if the throne or rather stone throne was used by a human priest or priestess or supported a wooden image of a goddess. We also can only guess if this image shows a human woman or a goddess being robed after some sort of ritual bathing ceremony? The small breasts suggest this is a young woman a virgin perhaps but we just don't know. Still beautiful to look at though whatever its original function.