About: Alexandra Sofroniew

I'm assistant curator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum

An Ancient Curse Revealed

Curse Tablet / found in Morgantina, Sicily
Curse Tablet, about 100 B.C., found in Morgantina, Sicily. Lead, 3 11/16 x 1 13/16 in. (9.4 x 4.6 cm). Museo Archeologico Regionale of Aidone

One small but powerful object stands out among the artifacts excavated from the ancient city of Morgantina in central Sicily, now on loan to the Getty Villa from the Museo Archeologico Regionale of Aidone and on view in Gallery 104…. More»

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      This buff part of the male anatomy (above the crop!) was often emphasized among the sculpted gods and heroes of classical art. Here’s what to call it:

      • Aphrodite’s saddle
      • Hercules’ girdles
      • Athlete’s girdle
      • Apollo’s belt
      • Adonis belt
      • Poseidon’s fanny-pack (well, allegedly)

      The Lansdowne Herakles (detail), about A.D. 125, Roman. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      10/23/14

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