|A catering worker snapped the thumb off a priceless Roman statue during an event held at the British Museum.
The caterer smacked her head on the marble hand of the world-renowned Townley Venus statue as she rose from bending down.|
The British Museum described it as an “unfortunate incident”. Museum workers have reportedly managed to glue the thumb back onto the statue, which they describe as being fully restored.
|The Townley Venus is a 2.14 m (7 ft) marble statue that dates from the first or second century AD. It is adapted from a lost Greek original statue, dating from the fourth century BC, and depicts the goddess Venus with her torso nude.|
The statue was excavated at Ostia, a harbour city of ancient Rome in 1775.