Greek Marble Aphrodite

Greek Marble Aphrodite

An ancient Hellenistic Greek marble torso 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. 2nd-1st century BC.
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 islands, Cyprus and Cythera, where she was said to have originated. The Anadyomene (rising) type is one of the most popular representations of Aphrodite, as according to Greek mythology the goddess was born from the foam of the sea. Hephaestus was her husband, the child Eros her companion, and Ares one of her lovers. The dolphin, the dove, the sparrow, and the swan were the animals sacred to her.

The curve of the torso, position of the arms and legs, and fleshy body closely resemble a Hellenistic sculpture of similar type first found in the ancient Greek city of Cyrene in North Africa. The statue from Cyrene was copied repeatedly in various media and sizes by both Greek and Roman artists throughout the ancient Mediterranean world.

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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