13 June 2000
A ROMAN MARBLE MOSAIC PANEL
circa 3rd-4th century a.d.
Depicting the goddess Venus rising from the sea, supported by two tritons, both with a human torso, equine legs and a fish-tailed lower body, the goddess haloed, holding a mirror in her left hand and a cosmetic applicator in her right, nude but for a mantle wrapped around her hips and legs, coiled bracelets on each wrist, a fish in the lower corners
75¼ in. (191.1 cm) wide
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