Semi-Nude marble Venus, Dating from I-II centuries of our era, lost a finger at the fault of a clumsy waiter working at the British Museum.
The sculpture of the Townley collection, which is a copy of Greek sculpture of the IV century BC, was damaged during a corporate event in one of the galleries. Employee of the company, serving buffet, bent down under the sculpture, and when rose crashed into the right hand of the statue, writes The Art Newspaper. The incident occurred back in December of last year, but the British Museum did not betray its publicity.
The statue of the goddess of love was found in Rome, 1775 and bought by prominent British art collector Charles Townley. In 1805 he sold it to the British Museum. Since then, the statue is on permanent display.
After the incident became known to the press, representatives of the Museum reported that the thumb of the right hand of Venus was broken before the two-meter sculpture was in London. The severed finger is glued in place.
This is not the first case when the Townley Venus is suffering from insensitive visitors. In 2012 during the exhibition was broken off of her arm.
As stressed by The Daily Mail, recent events have forced the Trustees of the British Museum to attend to the training of personnel and the revision of approaches to the preservation of artifacts.