A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF VENUS
A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF VENUS
A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF VENUS
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This lot has been imported from outside of the UK … Read more PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF NICOLAS KOUTOULAKIS
A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF VENUS

CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

Details
A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF VENUS
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
25 1⁄2 in. (65 cm.) high
Provenance
Nicolas Koutoulakis (1910-1996), Paris and Geneva; thence by descent to the present owner.
Special notice

This lot has been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.
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Lot Essay


Despite its fragmentary nature, this nude torso can be ascribed to a type of Venus Pudica, the Capitoline Venus. The goddess is shown slighly arched forward while in the act of pointing to her womb, emhpasizing her fertility. This is an pose that was previously interpreted as depicting the goddess being surprised at her bath, hence her attempt to cover her breasts and pubes. For another example in the North Carolina Museum of Art see C. Vermeule, Greek and Roman Sculpture in America, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1981, no. 140.
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