Fun Fact of the Day: Ancient Roman Statues Originally Came With Eyes

Fun Fact of the Day: Ancient Roman Statues Originally Came With Eyes

Photo Credit: Nadine Korte

Here’s a very creepy one of an older Roman male, possibly Scipio Africanus the Elder. The white of the eyes is made of bone and the pupils are made from black and gray stone.  The pupils are set in the middle of the eyes, giving the illusion that the statue’s eyes follow you around the room.  Double creepy.

The bust was found in the Roman city of Herculaneum, buried after the 79CE eruption of Vesuvius. It was found in the Villa Papyri, a wealthy Roman house – which was actually built on the slope of Mount Vesuvius for the express purpose of having an unobstructed view of the mountain. Not such a great idea after all, I guess.

The bust now sits in the Naples Archaeological Museum.

Source [here] and [here]

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3 Responses to Fun Fact of the Day: Ancient Roman Statues Originally Came With Eyes

  1. dakwolf55 says:

    those eyes are kind of creepy

  2. Pingback: Ancient Greek Statue Eyes Are Definitely Creepy | History Kicks Ass!

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