A ROMAN TERRACOTTA VENUS
PROPERTY FROM A MANHATTAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
A ROMAN TERRACOTTA VENUS

CIRCA LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Details
A ROMAN TERRACOTTA VENUS
CIRCA LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.
20 in. (50.8 cm.) high
Provenance
Antiquities, Sotheby's, New York, 20 June 1990, lot 72.
Literature
D. Levit-Tawil, "Queen Esther at Dura: Her Imagery in Light of Third-Century C.E. Oriental Syncretism," Irano Judaica IV, Jerusalem, 1999, figs. 14a-b, pl. XI.
Exhibited
Tel-Aviv, Eretz Israel Museum, What Did Queen Esther Look Like?, March 1999.

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Lot Essay

The hairstyle of this terracotta is likely inspired by that of the Empress Julia Domna, who was known to have elaborately arranged her hair in a "helmet-like" coiffure with a large spiral plait at the nape of her neck. For a similar example, see no. 161 in W. Hornbostel, Kunst der Antike: Schatze aus norddeutschem Privatbesitz.

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