Alabaster and marble sculpture representing a couple, probably Helen and Paris. In order to create a contrast, the bodies of the figures are made of alabaster and the clothes of marble. The male figure, Paris, wears a short chiton (tunic) and he is wearing a headband in his curly hair. He holds Helen, wearing a long peplum, and clutches her hand to his heart. It is a work from the early 20th century.
Dim: W: 12,6 in - D: 9,1in - H: 25,2in.
Dim: L:32cm, P:23cm, H:64cm.
Restoration of the fingers of the right hand of Paris
The story of Paris is told in Homer's Illiad. Prince of Troy, he sees the three goddesses Aphrodite, Athena and Hera appear while he is guarding his sheep. They ask him who is the most beautiful goddess of Olympus and to give him the golden apple. This episode is known as the judgment of Paris. He chooses Aphrodite who promises him the love of the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta. Paris then kidnaps Helen, which triggers the Trojan War.