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A classical view of girl power

Statue of woman holding severed head of a man, with digitally added sunglasses saying GRL PWR
My daughter’s interpretation of a statue at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, June 2020
©Rachel Smyth

This striking statue is standing with three other statues of women in the gardens of Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. At first glance, I thought she was holding a mask and representing drama, but a closer look revealed a very different story.

This lead statue is attributed to John Nost II, and created in circa 1717. But I have found no mention of the story behind it. My personal conclusion is that it depicts Judith after beheading Holofernes, a story that is told in the the deuterocanonical Book of Judith. Holofernes was about to destroy Judith’s home city, Bethulia. Taking advantage of his attraction to her, she entered his tent and removed his head while he slept. The story has been told in numerous painting and statues, often shown in dramatic action of severing the head.

Statue of woman holding severed head of a man

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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 27 June 2020

Posted as part of Six Word Saturday


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  1. That story would makes sense, although I doubt Judith had glasses like that. 🙂 Reminds me of when we would go to the museum when the girls were little. They always wanted to visit the Egyptian section and the Greek and Roman sections where there were statues with no heads. 🙂


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