Colossal Goddess

The colossal headless female statue was found in 1970 apparently in situ fallen from its pedestal inside the Basilica. With its head, it would have been approximately 3.5 m tall. The head was separately worked and added to a prepared hollow socket at the neck; it was held in place by a dowel. The presumed base for the statue is made from a single block of gray striated marble that rests directly on the floor with no additional foundations. Because the base is smaller than the statue, it seems that the two were brought together – gathered from elsewhere – to form as a single monument only in Late Antiquity.

Found at: Civil Basilica






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Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism New York University University of Oxford


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