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The statue of Aura

This statue, in Pentelic marble, was found by Giacomo Boni in 1918 near the Arch of Titus. Although fragmentary, the work’s charm remains intact thanks to its masterful execution. This female figure, portrayed in movement as evidenced by the garment fluttering open to reveal her leg, has been identified as the nymph Aura, personification of the breeze who, according to Nonnus of Panopolis in the Dionysiaca, provoked the wrath of Artemis as a result of her excessive pride. Some scholars consider the work an acroterial sculpture, i.e. created to decorate the top of a temple. It may be a Greek original of the late 5th century BC, or alternately a more recent copy of exceptional quality. On display at the Palatine Museum.


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