Hellenistic Hermaphrodite

One of the most eye-opening and sensuous sculptures in the world is in the Museo Nazionale delle Terme in Rome: the Hellenistic marble sculpture of a Hermaphrodite (see below for other view). A gender-bending icon, it’s probably the most photographed artifact in the museum. There are a few versions of this work. The first, and probably the oldest version is in the Louvre. Another version, also ancient, was found in 1781 and is in the Villa Borghese. This one was discovered in 1880, and probably dates from around the 2nd century CE.