This beautiful marble sculpture strongly recalls the pose and proportions of the so-called "Capitoline Venus." The type was extremely popular during the Late Hellenistic and Roman Periods, as evinced by the numerous surviving versions, miniature to lifesized, not only in marble, but also in bronze and terracotta, and even on gems and coins. These sculptures are notoriously difficult to date, but the finish of the surface, the subtlety of the modelling and the pierced ears all suggest a Late Hellenistic origin. Like the Capitoline Venus, our sculpture reflects a prototype fashioned in the 2nd century B.C.
For the Capitoline Venus, see pl. 181 in Ridgway, Hellenistic Sculpture I, The Styles of ca. 331-200 B.C.
The top of the head above the center-part, the nose, the right leg from below the knee and the left leg from mid calf are modern restorations. Pre-restoration photos available upon request.