The Statue of the Nile God: il corpo di Napoli back to its original beauty

Italian art, Italian American, Italian architecture, Italian culture, Naples, Italy
The Statue of the Nile God

The Statue of the Nile God is a sculpture considered one of the symbols of Naples. It is attributed to an artist from Alexandria, Egypt. In fact, the name refers to a colony of merchants from Egypt who inhabited the area in 200 AD.

The statue represents the Nile God, laying on a now mutilated sphinx. Once recovered in 1476, it was named the "Corpo di Napoli”: it is placed on a pedestal in 1657 and later the statue was decapitated by robbers many times. Last year, the Carabinieri found the head of the sphinx after more than fifty year: the historical piece, in fact, had been stolen and considered lost by the end of the fifties.

After the discovery, the finding stolen went through a complex restoration which lasted a year. To finance the transaction, 2,200 individuals came together in the 'Committee for the Restoration of the Statue of the Body of Naples' who collected money 'with direct contact’. No help from the internet or the social networks, but only through the purchase of postcards and other souvenirs sold at the San Severo Chapel and in shops.”

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