The Statue of the Nile God (Statua del dio Nilo) is an Ancient Roman, likely Hellenistic, marble statue dating from the 2nd to 3rd century B.C.
It is located at Piazzetta Nilo, at the start of via Nilo, in the quarter of the same name, and it is this statue that gives all their name. The church of Santa Maria Assunta dei Pignatelli faces the statue, and the Palazzo Panormita is on the north flank. Two blocks mainly east, along Via Benedetto Croce (part of the Decumano Inferiore commonly called Via Spaccanapoli) rises the church of San Domenico.
The statue represents the Nile God, recumbent with a cornucopia and lying on a now mutilated sphinx. The statue was likely erected in the then Roman port city by Alexandrian merchants. It was recovered, headless, in 1476, and was nickamed "Corpo di Napoli". It was placed upon a pedestal in 1657, and later than century a bearded head was sculpted. In recent decades, the statue was again decapitated by robbers, and later recovered.
A higher quality version of the same topic, also Ancient Roman, is found in the Vatican Museums. Both statues are copies of an original from Alexandria, Egypt. Many other versions can be found around the world, including this one which was scanned in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, France. Another can be found nearby in the Louvre.
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