Ephesus Artemis (Diana)



Artemis was the Greek goddess of the hunt and of fertility. This statue of her is flanked by two stags, animals which the goddess Artemis loved to hunt. Many images of sacrificial bulls are portrayed on her dress and head gear. Although her appearance has been described as “multi-breasted”, it is more likely that the globes around her chest were the testes of the sacrificial bulls, which were hung on the statue as a symbol of fertility.
The statue is displayed in the Museum of Ephesus.