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A LATE HELLENISTIC OR ROMAN MARBLE FIGURE OF APHRODITE
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A LATE HELLENISTIC OR ROMAN MARBLE FIGURE OF APHRODITE\ncirca 1st century b.c-1st century a.d.\nThe goddess depicted nude, leaning slightly forward, standing with her weight on her left leg, the right relaxed with the knee somewhat advanced, the foot originally trailing, her right arm bent at the elbow, her hand originally in front of her small breasts, the left arm extended to the pubic area, a coiled snake bracelet on her left wrist, her head turned somewhat to her left, with characteristic shallow folds on the neck and rounded chin, the thin lips pressed together into a slight smile, the lidded eyes unarticulated beneath arching brows, her hair center-parted, with long tendrils falling on to each shoulder, the earlobes perforated for the addition of now-missing earrings\n55½ in. (141 cm) high
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This beautiful marble sculpture strongly recalls the pose and proportions of the so-called "Capitoline Venus." The type was extremely popular during the Late Hellenistic and Roman Periods, as evinced by the numerous surviving versions, miniature to lifesized, not only in marble, but also in bronze and terracotta, and even on gems and coins. These sculptures are notoriously difficult to date, but the finish of the surface, the subtlety of the modelling and the pierced ears all suggest a Late Hellenistic origin. Like the Capitoline Venus, our sculpture reflects a prototype fashioned in the 2nd century B.C.

For the Capitoline Venus, see pl. 181 in Ridgway, Hellenistic Sculpture I, The Styles of ca. 331-200 B.C.

The top of the head above the center-part, the nose, the right leg from below the knee and the left leg from mid calf are modern restorations. Pre-restoration photos available upon request.

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A LATE HELLENISTIC OR ROMAN MARBLE FIGURE OF APHRODITE

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The goddess depicted nude, leaning slightly forward, standing with her weight on her left leg, the right relaxed with the knee somewhat advanced, the foot originally trailing, her right arm bent at the elbow, her hand originally in front of her small breasts, the left arm extended to the pubic area, a coiled snake bracelet on her left wrist, her head turned somewhat to her left, with characteristic shallow folds on the neck and rounded chin, the thin lips pressed together into a slight smile, the lidded eyes unarticulated beneath arching brows, her hair center-parted, with long tendrils falling on to each shoulder, the earlobes perforated for the addition of now-missing earrings

exhibited

Antikenmuseum und Sammlung Ludwig, Basel, 1966-1975.

dimensions

55½ in. (141 cm) high

provenance

Athos Moretti Collection

Dr. Elie Borowski

Japanese Private Collection


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