Tuesday, September 20, 2011

'Prude Rev covered topless statue with crude breastplate'

The 400-year-old Goddess of Abundance was originally sculpted with her chest exposed.

But conservators working on the 900-year-old building where she graces a fireplace found her charms concealed with a crudely fashioned breastplate.

Abundance, who is seen holding a cornucopia overflowing with treats, was made for St James Priory in Bristol.

And experts believe Rev John Wesley — the founder of the Methodist movement — hid her boobs behind the cuirass when it became his parish church more than 250 years ago.

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