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Yr Amazon Clwfedig [The Wounded Amazon] by John Gibson, RA 1790-l866. c.1840. Marble, 170.2 cm. Amgueddfa Cymru Caerdydd [National Museum of Wales, Cardiff]. Accession Number: NMW A 542. [Click on images to enlarge them.]

The museum's label explains that “The Greeks told of woman warriors called Amazons, who wore short tunics and pointed caps. Gibson's Amazon has dropped her shield and axe and stoops to look at a wound on her thigh. Gibson has noticed how women in the streets of Rome would turn and look backwards at their heel while drawing up their dress. He modelled the action in clay and then invented a subject to fit.”

Photographs by the National Museum of Wales, which retains copyright. Formatting by George P. Landow. Readers of the Victorian Web may wish to visit the Museum website.]

Last modified 18 February 2012