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A ROMAN MARBLE VENUS
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A ROMAN MARBLE VENUS

CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN MARBLE VENUS
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
The goddess depicted nude, originally untying her sandal, standing with her weight on her right leg, her left raised and bent at the knee, leaning down and twisting to her right, once reaching with her right arm to her left foot, creating creases across her abdomen
18 1/8 in. (46 cm.) high
Provenance
German Private Collection, 1960s.

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Lot Essay

Based on a Hellenistic original, this statue captures the goddess of love in the final preparations for her bath, with all her clothing removed but for her sandals. As Havelock notes (Hellenistic Art, no. 87), the pose leaves the goddess open and exposed on one side and closed and protected on the other, and is a complicated physical balance.

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