Roman Marble Aphrodite

Roman Marble Aphrodite

An ancient Roman marble statue of the goddess Aphrodite (Venus) of the Anadyomene type. She is depicted nude, having just risen from her bath with her weight on her left leg, Her arms are raised, curls of hair fall on her shoulders.

Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Height: 18 1/4 in. (48 cm).

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.
In Rome, Julius Caesar and his successors claimed family descent from the Venus and the hero Aeneas. She was venerated as the mother of the Roman people as Venus Genetrix in the Roman Forum. Her image was ultimately derived from the work of the Greek sculptor Callimachus, ca. 420 BC.

cf.: the Aphrodite of Cyrene, Libya, for a similar though mirrored pose.

Formerly in a French private collection since the 1950's; subsequently in a Belgian private collection.

Inv#: 6726

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