Thursday, 6 January 2022

The Townley Venus

In 2016 a catering worker snapped the thumb off a priceless Roman statue during an event at the British Museum. The caterer smacked her head on the marble hand of the world-renowned Townley Venus statue.
The British Museum described it as an “unfortunate incident”. Museum workers managed to glue the thumb back onto the statue.
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, dating from the fourth century BC, and depicts the goddess Venus. The statue was excavated at Ostia, a harbour city of ancient Rome in 1775.