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The ´Venus de Bullas´ will be presented shortly in its locality of origin (13/01/2020)

The Mayor of Bullas, Mara Dolores Muoz Valverde, met recently with the Director General of Cultural Property, Rafael Gmez Carrasco, to discuss the theme of Roman sculpture known as the "VENUS DE BULLAS".

A piece that was extracted at the end of the 19th century in the Villa de Los Cantos (Bullas), to be shortly after deposited in the funds of the Royal Academy of History in Madrid, and which has now been able to return to the Region and be presented as a singular piece of the collections of the Archaeological Museum of Murcia.

At this meeting, both the Mayor of Bullas and the Director General, agreed on the next presentation of Venus in her hometown, in Bullas, and that this would be done throughout 2020 in the context of several activities, including an archaeological exhibition related to the era to which it belongs.

"Its presentation and temporary exhibition in Bullas is a necessity for this municipality, not only because the piece comes from an archaeological site of this town, but because it was precisely the City Council of Bullas that originally proposed the possibility of requesting this piece from National Archaeological Museum, where it was stored in its funds, "says the first Edil.

An initiative that was also ratified, in its day, by the Plenary of the City of Bullas, with the unanimous approval of all its political groups.

In addition, during this past year, this sculpture could be exhibited in Murcia at the VILLAE exhibition, dedicated to the Roman villages of the Region, according to the initial proposal made by the City of Bullas, and that intended that Venus could come to the Museum of the Bullas came through the itinerant project of this exhibition by some of the different museums that are recognized in the Regional Museum System.

In this meeting, the Director General showed a great predisposition for the sculpture to visit the municipality of Bullas shortly, through a temporary exhibition or any other activity related to the dissemination of historical-cultural heritage.


The sculpture of the Venus was found in the Roman Villa of Los Cantos (Bullas) during the first official excavations produced between 1867 and 1869 and were backed by the National Monuments Commission.

In his day, Juan de Dios de la Rada directed those excavations and the materials were deposited in the Royal Academy of History.

Hence, the findings produced in that campaign were transferred to Madrid, including Venus itself, and that they were currently deposited in the National Archaeological Museum.

The designation of Juan de Dios de la Rada as director of the National Archaeological Museum in 1894 led to a piece recovered by him, the Venus de Bullas, being exhibited for years in this Museum until in recent decades it was relegated to its stores.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Bullas

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