What would you give for a peek at the storerooms of the world’s museums? To glimpse the unseen and the untold? Now answer this again - only this time, imagine it's the museum that holds the world’s biggest collection of Greek antiquities, the National Archaeological Museum!
For some context, the Unseen Museum initiative is that lovely time of the year where this cultural landmark pulls remarkable finds from its vast repository and presents them to the public over two months each time. This year’s event is dedicated to the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922 marking 100 years since.
This autumn season’s exhibit, number four for this year, is dedicated to love. Two small marble statues of seated Erotes, the “Two Little Erotes” are presented for the first time at the museum’s Altar Hall. The two statues, that once decorated a luxurious sarcophagus found at the ancient site near Afyon Karahisar, were bought in 1883 by the Archaeological Society of Athens and have been kept in the museum’s storage rooms up until now.