By Thomas Adamson
PARIS — French authorities have found a mysterious stone sculpture at the bottom of the River Seine, which may have been there for centuries.
On Thursday night, water police pulled the 2-foot-by-nearly-3-foot sculpture of a human figure with wavy hair from the depths of the river beneath Paris’ oldest standing bridge, the Pont-Neuf.
The sculpture was discovered by a diver in September.
Experts have not had time to identify its age and origin — or even how long it’s been resting in its watery grave.
But they believe it could be a stone relief that fell from the original bridge.
The Pont-Neuf — which ironically means “new bridge” in French — was completed in 1607 and adorned with magnificent jutting busts created by the 16th-century sculptor Germain Pilon.