Roman Marble Venus
An ancient Roman marble statue of the goddess Venus (Aphrodite) of the Genetrix type. She is depicted with her weight on her left leg. A voluminous chiton envelopes her body, leaving her left breast exposed.
Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Aphrodite (Latin: Venus) was the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty. She was also known as Cypris and Cytherea after the two places, Cyprus and Cythera, where she was said to have originated. Hephaestus was her husband, the child Eros her companion, and Ares one of her lovers. The dove, the sparrow, and the swan were the animals sacred to her.
cf. for other examples: The Capitoline Museum, Rome, MC 1078, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 96.AA.213; Louvre Museum, Paris MR367 (from Frejus).
Formerly in an American private collection prior to 1992.