Roman Mosaic: Courtship of Ares and Aphrodite
A large ancient Roman mosaic depicting the courtship of Ares and Aphrodite. Ares sits in the center wearing a crested helmet, he has been disarmed of his sword by two erotes that fly above. Aphrodite is to the left holding her scepter as she leans on a column. Across her torso is a string of red glass tesserae perhaps representing the magical chain that her husband Hephaestus caught her in when she laid with Ares. To the right stands Eukarpia, the personification of fertility.
Ca. 3rd century AD.
Formerly in the M. Farid Ziadeh collection, Lebanon, by 1983; subsequently in a European private collection, 1990's, New York private collection, 2004.
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