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Post  AgathonZante on Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:50 pm

A friend of mine who is making a bid move across country has entrusted me with one of their statues of Artemis. It's in need of minor repair, but they knew that I have worked to restore Hellenic statuary in the past. They want to give the statue to me to take care of, and of course I will take it in. I am trying to decide on which colors to paint it once I have completed the restoration. I thought about painting Her robes purple, Her hair brown and Her Bow gold, as I have heard these are appropriate colors for our Goddess of the Hunt in the past. Can you someone advise me on this?

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Re: Giving Artemis' Statue Life

Post  DavidMcCann on Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:56 pm

A book that I have from Greece says her colour, presumably of the khiton, is green, but I don't know where Labrys gets that from.

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Re: Giving Artemis' Statue Life

Post  Erodius on Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:27 pm

It would have been painted any of several colors – in some cases, depending on the character of the form of the depicted deity's form – dependent upon the colors available, which would be considered fairly limited by today's standards.  

Shades of purple were made from expensive murex, and would be associated with wealthy and/or important people – leaders, kings, gods etc. 

In Antiquity, things that weren't purple, if they were dyed at all, would likely be any of various shades of red, yellow or green. Only natural colorants were available, and the cheapest of these were reds, yellows and greens, made from fairly abundant local plants. 

Gold leafing would also be used, and among the most expensive colors of all was blue, which had to be made from crushed lapis-lazuli stone, imported all the way from Persia and India.

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