I took the photo at the Architecture Museum in Istanbul.
In Greek mythology, Hermaphroditus (or Hermaphroditos) was a child of Aphrodite and Hermes. Hermaphroditus was raised by nymphs on Mount Ida, a sacred mountain in Phrygia. At the age of fifteen, he grew bored of his surroundings and traveled the cities of Lycia and Caria. It was in the woods of Caria that he encountered Salmacis the Naiad in her pool. She is overcome by lust for the boy, and tries to seduce him, but is rejected. When he thinks her to be gone, Hermaphroditus undresses and enters the waters of the empty pool. Salmacis springs out from behind a tree and jumps into the pool. She wraps herself around the boy, forcibly kissing him and touching his breast. While he struggles, she calls out to the gods in prayer that they should never part. Her wish is granted, and their bodies blend into one intersexual form. Hermaphroditus, in his grief, makes his own prayer: cursing the pool so that any other who bathes within it shall be transformed as well.
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nex (2738) 2006-03-20 14:11
Very, very blurred
AthaPan (0) 2006-03-20 14:17
Blured because you are not allowed to flash, I know.
gabse (379) 2006-03-20 15:46
I see you like taking photos of art pieces ... This one would have been really nice if it wasn't blurred. But like the other guy, I understand that you can't use flash in most museums... but you have framed it pretty well.