5 December 2012
PROPERTY FROM A NEW ENGLAND COLLECTION
A ROMAN BRONZE VENUS
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
The goddess standing with her weight on her left leg, the right leg bent at the knee and slightly advanced, leaning into her left hip, her slender torso nude but for a mantle draped around her legs, knotted below her pudendum, gathered at the center and falling into zigzag folds, her right arm bent and extended forward, with her palm facing out, the left arm crossing the body with the palm facing in, her head turned to her right, her gaze slightly downturned, her eyes with the sclerae inlaid in silver, the pupils recessed, her hair arranged in a top-knot and a chignon at the base of her neck, with a wavy tress falling onto each shoulder, traces of gilding preserved; together with a Roman glass unguentarium
5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high (2)
Acquired by the current owner's father, New York, prior to 1980.
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The unguentarium not illustrated.
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