The large leaves of giant upright elephant ear is characteristic of tropical rainforests of Asia. It has similarities with the taro, a plant closer to the the European level, both belong to the same family of Araceae.
Araceae like the colocasia weren't known in ancient times. Close to Seville, in the village of Santiponce, we find the ruins of the city of Italica. Birthplace of two emperors of ancient Rome, Trajan and Hadrian, the archaeological remains discovered there show that material wealth and luxury were characteristic of the life of its inhabitants. In this sense, the mosaics found there are spectacular and very well preserved. Also, some of the sculptures found in archaeological excavations are key pieces of all classical statuary made in the Iberian Peninsula. One of them, now in the Archaeological Museum of Seville, represents the goddess of love, Venus. According to mythology, Venus, called Aphrodite by the Greeks, was born of sea foam, and this is the time represented by this sculpture known as Venus Italica, the moment when she gets out of marine waters. The figure of the goddess is accompanied by a pair of elements that refer to her liquid origin: first a dolphin and, second, a leave of a water plant; for a long time it was thought to be a lotus leaf, although finally it has been found that it is effectively a taro leaf, used by the deity possibly as a fan once she reached the beach. The presence of this simple leaf, rare in the iconography associated with Venus, makes this sculpture of Italica an entirely original work within the Roman sculptural production.