How the depiction of beauty may or may not change with time or vary culturally part 2

Published on July 29, 2013

oblique newAnother interesting feature of this sculpture is the deliberate natural representation of the lower torso and upper extremities. In comparison the exaggerated contour of the breasts bears many of the stigmata of a over sized breast augmentation.

Frequently large breast implants create features that are quite easily recognized. This is the case with this ancient sculpture. The edges of the breast are defined by a roundness that is typically associated with the contour of a silicone or saline implant. When implants are too large for the breast, the midline cleavage area is elevated creating a condition know as synmastia. In this sculpture it is quite obvious that there is some element of synmastia occurring. How were these ancient artists able to depict these artificially created physical characteristics? They presumably would have not had any reference of an augmented breast to accurately depict its form.

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