74 Galatea

There is an ambiguity in the referent of this minor planet. It refers either to the sea nymph who fell in love with Acis and turned him into a river when he was killed by the cyclops Polyphemus, or to the statue created by Pygmalion, which he fell in love with, and which Aphrodite brought to life for him. In any case, the etymology of this name is "she who is milk-white," which could for instance refer to the white foam on a ocean shore, or the white marble of a statue.

The symbol for this minor planet combines those two figures. It is a tall rectangle, representing Pygmalion's statue, with a female cross, where the horizontal line is a river wave.

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