Greek Marble Head of Aphrodite
An ancient Hellenistic Greek marble head of Aphrodite, her head turned to her right with a forward gaze, her wavy hair parted in the middle, bound in a stephane.
Ca. 2nd - 1st century BC.
Aphrodite 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.
Formerly in a Belgian private collection.