Wounded Niobide

Wounded Niobide in the Palazzo Massimo National Roman Museum in Rom

A few marble sculptures in the museum are Greek originals. Particularly famous is the Wounded Niobid (Niobide ferita)– a young woman trying to pull a (no longer existent) copper arrow from her back. It was part of a larger group that probably included her mother, sisters, and brothers being attacked by Apollo and Artemis. It dates from around 440-430 BC.

The Palazzo Massimo has one of the finest collections of busts and sculptures from antiquity in Rome. As the main venue of the Roman National Museum, the best archaeological finds in Rome since 1870 are on display here.