A rare and nearly intact 2,700-year-old statue will be displayed on the Greek island of Santorini over the weekend, the culture ministry said on Friday.
The Thera kore, a statue of a woman with long hair dating from the 7th century BC, which is believed to be a funerary monument located in the cemetery of the ancient city of Thera, was discovered in November 2000, according to a press release. of the ministry.
Measuring nearly 2.5 meters tall and made of marble from the neighboring island of Naxos, the statue is mostly intact and only missing the tip of its nose and an elbow.
“It is one of the few remaining large stone Hellenic statues,” the ministry said. Similar statues found in the cemetery in the past were in much worse condition.
The statue will be briefly displayed at a temporary exhibition inaugurated on Sunday at the Santorini museum, which is being renovated, the ministry said.
One of Greece’s top tourist destinations, Santorini was completely reshaped in the late 17th century BC by a volcanic eruption that wiped out a culturally advanced Minoan colony.
The statue comes from a later Doric civilization that built Thera in the 9th century BC.