Roman Gilt Bronze Venus
An ancient Roman gilt bronze statuette of Venus (Aphrodite), the goddess is depicted fully nude, standing with her weight on her left leg, her right bent at the knee, her right arm extended, holding an attribute in her clenched fist, her left bent and folded towards her body, her head turned to her right, gazing downward, with almond-shaped eyes and incised pupils, her wavy hair center parted and pulled back in a chignon at the nape of her neck surmounted by a patterned crescentic diadem; with significant remains of gilding.
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.
Formerly in an American private collection, acquired prior to 1973.