Seller: antiquv (146) 100%, Location: Tel Aviv , Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 252662523961 Up for sale is this very rare Greek stone/marble sculpture of an archaic "ARTEMIS OF EPHESUS" figure, this early and very rare example looks to be an archaic example of this figure of artemis. i bought this amazing example in an estate sale and it came from a very good collection that housed a big verity of antiques all of them were collected on the early 20 century . this figure is, as you can see in the photos , the upper part of the full sculpture that was broken in old times. the age patina on it is amazing and so are the face the stylish hair , because of the age of this piece , it does have some small broken parts and some scratches . sold in its as is condition . size : 5.2 inch / 13 cm high 2 inch / 5 cm wide "ARTEMIS OF EPHESUS": The goddess was originally, before her cult was taken over by the Greeks, called "Artimus", and her temple - one of theSeven Wonders of the Ancient World - received gifts from the Lydian king Croesus (c.560-c.547). She is related to other Anatolian mother goddesses, like Cybele. The Ephesians believed that Artemis was born in Ephesus (and not on Delos, as was commonly assumed), and accepted the shrine as an asylum.note. Later, the Persians patronized the cult; the high priest was called the "Megabyxus", a Persian name that means "the one set free for the cult of the divinity". The original cult statue was made of wood, but was probably lost after the great fire of 356 BCE. Although the statue as we know it was a substitute for the lost original, it retains several archaic traits (e.g., her static pose). Still, many aspects cannot be dated in the archaic age One of Artemis' characteristics is that she protects fertility. This may be symbolized by the spherical objects that cover the lower part of her chest, but the common assumption that they are female breasts is incorrect. They probably represent the testicles of a bull, although they may also be gourds, which were known in Asia as fertility symbols for centuries.