Galerie Günter Puhze
Ancient Art

Object: C 7196

Statuette of Venus

Roman, 2nd century AD

Solid-cast bronze; green-brown mottled red patina. A very attractive statuette of the nude goddess Venus. She stands on a round base of concave shape with her weight on her right leg. Her left leg is bent slightly at the knee, the foot set behind with only the tip of her toe touching the base. Her head tilted slightly to her left. Her oval face with prominent lips with a tender smile and indicated pupils. The centrally parted long wavy hair tied in a chignon at the nape of her neck, surmounted by a diadem with five palmettes with incised decoration. An Isis crown probably once crowned the diadem. Her left arm bent at the elbow, in her hand a mirror, decorated with seven star-like prongs. Her open right hand is raised to her shoulder,  the palm shown to the viewer. Forefinger and thumb forming a circle, originally holding an unknown object.

Figure and base unbroken, in the 19th century newly connected with screws to one another.  Modern infill of gesso below the right foot and in the base. Half of the right little finger missing.

 

cf. The British Museum number: EA32584

 

Published

A. de Ridder, Collection de Clercq, tome III, Les bronzes, Paris 1905, nº 108

 

Provenance

Collection Louis de Clercq (1836-1901), France, acquired 1868.

   

 

H 28 cm

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