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A GREEK MARBLE APHRODITE
A GREEK MARBLE APHRODITE

HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.

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A GREEK MARBLE APHRODITE
HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.
The goddess standing with her weight on her right leg, her left slightly advanced and bent at the knee, her himation draped diagonally in a thick roll across her hips and over her left arm, the drapery bunched atop an Archaistic statuette of herself, serving as a cushion for her left elbow, the himation clinging to her legs and falling like a curtain between her torso and the statuette, her voluptuous torso nude, an armband worn high on her left arm, the statuette standing upon a column, wearing a long chiton, her right arm lowered, her left raised to her breasts, holding an attribute, perhaps an apple, her head surmounted by a modios; preserving traces of red pigment on the drapery
15 in. (38.1 cm.) high
Provenance
with Borris Mussienko, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
William Froelich, New York, acquired from the above, 1982.
Acquired by the current owner from the above, 1995.

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For another Hellenistic example sculpted from Parian marble and retaining her polychromy, from the House of Diomedes at Pompeii, see no. 142 in C. Kondoleon et al., Aphrodite and the Gods of Love. See also the terracotta version from Myrina, no. 143, op. cit.
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