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The Stunning Yet Mysterious Lady of Elche


Science & Tech  (tags: ancient, archaeology, discovery )

Marty
- 1223 days ago - ancient-origins.net
In 1897, archaeologists uncovered a stunning artifact on a private estate at L'Alcúdia in Valencia, Spain. This find was a statue âEUR" a polychrome bust of a womanâEUR(TM)s head. Believed to date back to the 4th Century BC, the bust features a woman wearing



   

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Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 12:00 pm
thanks
 

Dianne Cunningham (12)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 2:24 pm
Fascinating! Thank you.
 

Animae C (506)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 4:31 pm
Stunning

Thanx Marty
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 11:47 pm
Beautiful! Thanks Marty.
 

Barbara T (431)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 12:32 am
I've known about "The Lady of Elche" for decades - I think I read an article about her in the Christian Science Monitor newspaper when I was a teen, or younger. This article gives some theories I haven't heard before!

There is nothing exactly, or even remotely, like this statue anywhere, so the Lady doesn't "fit in" to any art style or period that we so far know of. She is UNIQUE!
 

Mona E (0)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 6:54 am
Fascinating article. I hadn't known about the Lady of Elche before. But the article doesn't seem to be quite up to date when it discusses an official refusal to allow the statue to be displayed for a special exhibition. In fact it was on temporary display in 2006.

And I take it that it's a little joke when they say "some independent researchers, the spools are not part of a unique headdress, but are in fact a type of technological headgear". "Independent researcher" is more polite than "crank".
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 7:27 am
Noted
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 1:19 pm
"Art historian John F. Moffitt argues that the shape of the lady’s eyes and nose are 'too delicate to have been carved in pre-Christian Spain.'” Comments like this bring out my "Them's fightin' words" response. Prehistoric peoples, non-upper-class people throughout history, and children forever have been consistent victims of humiliation through being underestimated. My mother was one, so I take it personally, although these prehistoric people are probably beyond feeling the pain of humiliation now - as is Shakespeare.
 

Gloria H (88)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 1:50 pm
Princess from Star Wars?
 

linda g (3)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 8:43 pm
So present-day minds piece together past legacies in different ways. Still, there is no reason to withhold great relics to be exhibited in different museums.
 

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday May 18, 2015, 3:11 am
Cool :)
 

Barbara K (62)
Monday May 18, 2015, 9:16 am
Great find. Thanks for the great post. Thanks for the forward, Ken.
 

Winn Adams (179)
Monday May 18, 2015, 4:49 pm
Wow
 
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