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Vandalized statue of Trajan in front of the National History Museum to undergo restoration works

Statue of the Roman Emperor Trajan in front of the National History Museum in Bucharest will be taken for restoration works after being vandalized, the City Hall has announced on Wednesday.

The monument has been damaged on September 29, with unidentified persons breaking the tail of the she wolf statue, part of the monumental ensemble.

The statue will be taken to a workshop, with the city hall arguing that repairing works cannot be performed on the scene, as they would put the safety of the citizens at risk.

The she wolf’s broken tail has been eventually recovered by a policeman in Bucharest, who gave it to the Romanian Gendarmerie, which is providing surveillance of the History Museum.

The Statue of Trajan is a public monument, created by Vasile Gorduz, made in duplicate in Seville, Spain and Bucharest, Romania. The Bucharest copy was set up on the stairs of the National History Museum in 2011. It depicts a nude Trajan holding the Capitoline Wolf in his arms, the she-wolf in the founding myth of Rome. The head of the wolf is joined to the tail of a Dacian Draco.

However, the statue was not well received by the Bucharesters, who called it bizarre and hilarious, due to the nudity and the awkwardness of Trajan’s statue, being described as “a monument to Romania’s stray dogs”, with commentators wondering why “the dog is levitating”, and why the animal wears a scarf “while the emperor isn’t even wearing any underwear”.

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