Venus de Milo Spinning Thread statuette

Venus de Milo Spinning Thread statuette



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  • Materials: 3D printed nylon, Metallic chain, Acrylic

"La Vénus de Milo est un mystère"—Salomon Reinac, 1890

This fourteen-inch tall 3D printed statuette is an experimental reconstruction of the Venus de Milo's missing arms. I designed it in conjunction with this Slate story about the theory that Venus was originally depicted spinning thread: "What Was the Venus de Milo Doing With Her Arms?" by Virginia Postrel

I started with my own 3D capture of Venus de Milo—the most accurate 3D model of Venus de Milo in existence, which I made from an 1850 plaster cast made by the Louvre’s own studio. The arms' positions and tools were modeled after ancient Greek painted vases and diagrams by archaeologist Elizabeth Wayland Barber and others which outline this theory of Venus’ original design.

I 3D printed the final design in white plastic, and hand-painted the tools with gold metallic paint. I'm offering additional copies of this unique experimental reconstruction.

This design and experiment received press coverage from all over the world:

Slate: "What Was the Venus de Milo Doing With Her Arms?" (The original story the design was commissioned for.)

The Independent: "Just what was the Venus de Milo doing with her arms?"

Daily Mail: "Was the Venus de Milo a PROSTITUTE?"

Paris Match: "Prostituée et fileuse ? – La vie secrète de la Vénus de Milo"

The Times: "Venus as you have never seen her ... a prostitute with time on her hands" "The Mystery of What Venus de Milo Was Once Holding"

ΜΗΧΑΝΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΟΝΟΥ: "Τι πραγματικά κρατούσε η Αφροδίτη της Μήλου στα χέρια της"

Materials: 3D printed nylon, metallic chain, acrylic
14" tall, and 4.7" wide by 4.3" deep
7 oz

For indoor display only.

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Gaby Rodriguez Aug 2, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Ok first of all I’m simply ecstatic because finding a worthy Venus de Milo jewelry piece it’s very difficult. This is my favorite statue since forever and when I saw the pictures I did not hesitate to contact the owner for more information. Now that I covered that part, I have to say the delivery was extremely fast and the preparation was right on time. When I opened the package I was more than pleased to find that it exceeded my expectations. The piece is smoother than the one in the picture which I find it to be a plus. It’s true to size and it looks amazing. I get complimented everywhere I go. I’m only hoping to see the earrings to match my new pendant soon, I’d be the first to buy them! I’m a happy customer!

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5 out of 5 stars

Ooo-eee! Just got my bronze Satyr. I nearly fell over I was stuck so hard with the beauty and craftmanship of this piece. It is never --I mean NEVER coming off my neck! The level of detail is exceptional. The weight is perfect --made even better for the fact that it has some thickness and substance to it... not some flimsy piece that'll easily be dented or bent. Add to that the stellar level of friendly customer service makes this my best buy online in a long time. For my own personal taste I had to douse it with some Liver of Sulpher to instantly give it that lovely brown patina.. to which I then swiped a couple of times with a polishing cloth to give it a hint of highlights. I will most definitely be buying a couple more in different finishes. Yes THAT's how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece!

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Betty Busey Feb 28, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

The details on it are exquisite! It arrived so much sooner than what i was anticipating. I love it so much I think I will purchase another smaller version to put on a bracelet. I will definitely be back for more. Thank you Cosmo! It is perfect and I adore you and all your work!

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