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LOT 0211

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EUR (€) 4,490 - 6,740
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Roman Semi-Nude Venus Statuette

1st century BC-4th century AD

A carved marble statuette of Venus (Greek Aphrodite), the goddess of love, facing right, possibly once completing the dressing of her hair which is arranged in a chignon, held in a bun at the back above the neck; clearly defined facial details; left arm bent at the elbow extending towards the side of the head; breasts, navel and pelvic region defined; her weight placed on the left leg; right leg reaching backwards slightly at the knee with right foot and heel emerging tentatively from the draped floor-length mantle wrapped around the lower body, hugging the contours of her buttocks at the rear, and tied in a conspicuous knot at the pubic area, securing her mantle while freeing her hands; standing on an integral sub-triangular base; modelled on an earlier Greek representation of Aphrodite, circa 300 BC; mounted on a custom-made stand. 1.46 kg total, 31cm including stand (12 1/4"). Fine condition, repaired.

Provenance
From an important London collection; formerly in an old private English collection, formed in the 1970s.
Literature
See Havelock, C.M., The Aphrodite of Knidos and Her Successors, The University of Michigan Press, 2010, fig.28, for a similar figure; see Jean-David Cahn AD., Auktion 5; Kunstwerke Der Antike, Basel, 23 September 2005, lot 202, for a Greek figure in a similar pose.
Footnotes
Venus was a Roman goddess associated with love, beauty, prosperity and fertility, Aphrodite being her Greek counterpart. The origins of this figure are likely in earlier Greek examples of half-draped Anadyomene, dating to the Hellenistic period.