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Jupiter Sculpture Donated to Cambridge University

Friday, December 06, 2013


Jupiter-Statue-OxfordCAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND—A limestone sculpture depicting the Roman god Jupiter that was recently excavated from a quarry in central England has been donated to Cambridge University. Dating to between the second and fourth centuries A.D., it was originally part of a larger monument. Two paws are visible on top of the piece, and probably belonged to a sculpted figure of an lion or a gryphon. Archaeologists speculate that the sculptures eyes were once filled with colored paste, and that the monument was likely re-used as a grave marker.