Roman Marble Aphrodite and Eros

Roman Marble Aphrodite and Eros

An ancient Roman marble group of Aphrodite (Venus) and Eros standing on an integral base, with Venus in a contrapposto posture, wringing out a lock of hair with one hand, the other holds up her falling robe, while a nude Eros, holding his knee, faces front.

Ca. 1st - 3rd century AD.
Height: 12 in. (30.4 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

Formerly in an American private collection.

Inv#: 8809

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