12 June 2002
A ROMAN TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF VENUS
Asia Minor, Circa 200 A.D.
Depicting the goddess at her toilette, bejeweled and standing on a high rectangular plinth, with both arms bent and raised, holding a comb in her right hand, a mirror in her left, wearing thick-soled sandals and a long mantle with a large border draped around her lower body and over her left shoulder, exposing her torso, her melon coiffure bound by a jeweled band, a pilaster on either side with an Eros standing in front and another on top of each capital, each Eros draped with a short chlamys and carrying fruit either in its fold or in baskets, preserving traces of original polychromy throughout
21 5/8 in. (55 cm) high
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For a similar example in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford see fig. 56 in Vafopoulou-Richardson, Ancient Greek Terracottas.
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