The Statue of the Nile God (Statua del dio Nilo) is an Early Roman, likely Hellenistic, marble statue dating from the 2nd to 3rd century B.C.
It's situated in the quarter of the exact same name, at the start of via Nilo, at Piazzetta Nilo, and it's this statue that gives their name to all. The statue is faced by the church of Santa Maria Assunta dei Pignatelli, and the Palazzo Panormita is on the north flank. Two blocks mostly east, along Via Benedetto Croce (part of the Decumano Inferiore usually called Via Spaccanapoli) rises the church of San Domenico.
The statue symbolizes the Nile God, lying on a mutilated sphinx and recumbent with a cornucopia. The statue was probably erected in the Roman port city that is afterward by Alexandrian retailers. It was regained, headless, in 1476, and was nickamed "Corpo di Napoli". It was put upon a pedestal in 1657, and after than century a bearded head was sculpted. In recent decades, robbers, and after recovered decapitated the statue.
A higher quality version of precisely the same subject, additionally Early Roman, is seen in the Vatican Museums. Both statues are copies of an original from Alexandria, Egypt. Many other variations can be found all over the world . Another can be found nearby in the Louvre.
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