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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 65

    A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF VENUS

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF VENUS
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The voluptuous goddess depicted nude, standing with her weight on her right leg, the left leg slightly advanced, her upper torso subtly angled forward, her right arm once lowered with the hand covering the pudenda, adorned with an armband on her left bicep, the remains of her fingers and a partially-preserved strut on her thighs
    24 ½ in. (62.2 cm.) high


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    The position of the arms of the Venus presented here suggests she is a version of the Praxiteles statue of Aphrodite of Knidos. She closely recalls the "Colonna" type, depicted nude, who leans on her himation which drapes over a hydria. See fig. 9 in C. Kondoleon et al., Aphrodite and the Gods of Love.

    Provenance

    with Willy A. d'Huysser, Brussels.
    Private Collection, Brussels, acquired from the above, prior to 1977; thence by descent to the current owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A BELGIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION