The Freud Museum

Artemis

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3273, Artemis, 2nd century A.D.

Culture: Greek; from Myrina
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: h. 9 7/8 in 25 cm

This figure, with short tunic and windswept mantle, is of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt and wild animals. She is identified by her short hunting dress and boots with folded over flaps. Often depicted with arrows, Artemis, like Athena with her spear, is a virgin goddess of aggression. Freud would have been interested in her masculinized, androgynous image and its connection to sexuality and aggression.

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