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Venus of Quinipily


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Popular name given to a statue, 6 feet high, of unknown origin at Quinipily near Baud, Brittany. Speculations on the provenance of the statue vary widely. It may be: (a) the survival from an ancient, local cult; (b) a representation of the Egyptian goddess Isis; (c) a copy of a statue from the cult of St Gildas; (d) a hoax of more recent creation than local tradition supposes. The statue was once thought to have healing properties. Denounced by ecclesiastical officials in the 17th century, it was thrown in a local river but later, by popular demand, restored. Known in Breton as Gwreg Houarn [Iron Woman].

(a) the survival from an ancient, local cult; (b) a representation of the Egyptian goddess Isis; (c) a copy of a statue from the cult of St Gildas; (d) a hoax of more recent creation than local tradition supposes. The statue was once thought to have healing properties. Denounced by ecclesiastical officials in the 17th century, it was thrown in a local river but later, by popular demand, restored. Known in Breton as Gwreg Houarn [Iron Woman].

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