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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 23

    A ROMAN BRONZE FIGURE OF APHRODITE ANADYOMENE

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN BRONZE FIGURE OF APHRODITE ANADYOMENE
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The goddess wearing a mantle draped around her left leg, her arms raised to her hair washing away the sea foam, wearing a high diadem, an erote standing either side, one holding a dove and phiale, the other holding up her mantle, standing on two dolphins with central bearded mask, on integral rectangular base, pierced for attachment
    5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high


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    One version of the myth of Aphrodite's birth is that Cronus castrated his father, Uranus, and cast the genitals into the sea. They rose to the surface producing a white foam out of which Aphrodite arose. She was carried on the sea and finally came to rest on the shores of Cyprus. Anadyomene means "rising from the waters".

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    Provenance

    Formerly in a private collection, Germany, 1976-1978.