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Dirk Marinus
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PostSubject: But what is the statue actually all about.   Sat 06 Feb 2016, 21:56

The ancient Greek statue " Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant" is at present on display at the J Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California, USA.

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Any suggestions what the statue is about?
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PostSubject: Re: But what is the statue actually all about.   Sat 06 Feb 2016, 23:44

It's about an enthroned woman being attended to by an attendant, Dirk, and is dated to about 100BCE.



It's a pity Lord Lansdowne had the other two sides of the funereal triptych (naiskos) removed when he decided this would look good over his front door (where it was situated from 1770 to the 20th century), as they would most likely have shown the lady (the occupant of the grave marked originally by this relief stele) enjoying other moments of domestic happiness which, as other such gravestones of the period also indicate, it was hoped she would continue to enjoy in Elysium.

It is actually quite a standard domestic scene for these kinds of depictions concerning well-to-do ladies. That she is selecting jewellery and from a slave attendant (as indicated by that person's hairstyle and clothes), is wearing snake bracelets, and that her chair's ornate carvings depict lions' paws and an eagle, all denote very high status.

Here's another older one from around 400BCE



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PostSubject: Re: But what is the statue actually all about.   Mon 08 Feb 2016, 08:26

Exegetical interpretations of ancient art calls to mind that great Swiss charlatan Erich Vön Daniken (remember him?) and his flurry of best-sellers in the late 1960s and 1970s featuring "proof" from the ancient aesthetic that we were visited by alien spacemen long ago.


Erich, with the help of two high-tech candles (and a lighting technician from his camera crew), explains in his 1970 documentary "Chariots of the Frauds?" (or something like that) how ancient engineers fixed the Star Gate while crouched in a Second Dynasty Jeffries Tube.
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