The Diana of Versailles or Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt (French: Artémis, déesse de la chasse) is a slightly over-lifesized marble statue of the Roman goddess Diana with a deer. Currently located in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, the statue is also known as Diana with a Doe (French: Diane à la Biche), Diana Huntress (French: Diane chasseresse), and Diana of Ephesus. It is a partially restored Roman copy (1st or 2nd century AD) of a lost Greek bronze original attributed to Leochares, c. 325 BC.
While Diana is a triple-form deity, she was predominantly a hunting and moon goddess. The hunting aspect, however, was favored among her worshippers and even today remains her most iconic form. However, a certain amount of respect for nature comes with being a hunting goddess. Not only did men and women worship her in hopes of a successful hunt, but Diana was also the goddess of wild animals.
This cold-cast resin reproduction of the statue depicts the goddess in pleated Dorian chiton and wrapped himation standing on a stone-like base. She is looking to the right, reaching for an arrow while a small buck is leaping forward under her left hand.
Materials: Cold-Cast Resin with hand-painted bronze finish
Measures 7.48(L) x 4.72(W) x 11.42(H) Inches, Weighs 3.7lbs
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