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design material: marble of Penteli (from the same marble built Acropolis of Athens)
dimensions:H. 13 L.9,5 letter H. 0,8×4
edition year: 2016
prototype year: 2nd c. BC
based on: Archaeological Museum of Pythagoreion on Samos
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inscribed votive relief
2nd c. BC
Found in Chora, Kampos in the envinots of Samos airport
Marble, quadrirateral slab, the main face has a relief depiction of a female Body from approximately the navel to mid – thigh. Heavy incisions define the vulva. A for line votive inscription iw incised on the upper abdominal area: Ζμαρά -/γδι[ο]ν ευχήν εὐχήν Ἀφροδίτῃ
According to the incised inscription, this marble slab was dedicated in the sanctuary of Aphrodite by a hetaera named Zmaragdi(o)n (the -ion ending indicated the names of hetaerae) to the goddess-patron of eros (love), perhaps in thanks for curing some illness resulting from her profession, perhaps dedicated to deties that protected pregnancy, childbirth.
This enduring custom passed into the cristian religion as well, and continues to this day in the form tamata (ex votos) which are dedicated to icon in the churches and represent the body part in need healing for which the faithful seek divine intervention
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