8 June 2005
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF VENUS
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
Sculpted with her neck inclined to her right, her head tilted to her left, the wavy hair center parted and bound in two bands, the strands pulled back in waves over the tops of the ears and tied in a chignon at the nape of her neck, the oval face with youthful idealizing features, the almond-shaped lidded eyes beneath finely-modelled arching brows that merge with the slender nose, the filtrum indicated, the cheekbones subtly rendered, the fleshy lips curved into a slight smile and indented at the corners, the chin rounded
6 11/16 in. (17 cm.) high
European Private Collection, acquired mid 1990s.
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For the treatment of the hair bound by two bands and a similar incline of the head compare the Venus from the theater at Arles now in the Louvre, no. 526 in Delivorrias, Berger-Doer, and Kossatz-Deissmann, "Aphrodite" in LIMC, vol. II.
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