16 June 2006
A ROMAN BRONZE ARTEMIS OF EPHESUS
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Solid cast, based on the famous cult-statue, standing rigidly with her feet together and her arms projecting forward, her tunic richly decorated with registers of stylized animals, rows of bulls' testes suspended along her upper torso, wearing a thick garland and a veil, the high polos above surmounted by a model of her temple; together with a Roman bronze snail shell, circa 1st-2nd century A.D., spiral in form, the apex perforated, the aperture open into the interior, a perforation near the aperture along the coil
4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high (2)
Artemis: European Private Collection, 1988.
Snail shell: European Private Collection, 1968.
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For a similar example in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris see no. 133 in Fleischer, "Artemis Ephesia," in LIMC.
The snail shell not illustrated.
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