Galerie Günter Puhze
Ancient Art

Object: C 7263

Statuette of Venus

Roman, 2nd century AD

Solid-cast bronze; green-brown mottled red patina. A very attractive statuette of the undraped goddess Venus, probably holding a band in her hands (now missing), of the famous de Clercq collection of the 19th century.
The goddess stands with her weight on her left leg. Her right leg is bent at the knee, the foot set behind with only the tip of her toe touching the ground. Her right hand raised above the shoulder, forefinger and thumb forming a circle, originally probably held a band. The other fingers are slightly bent in an elegant gesture. Her left arm bent at the elbow with the palm turned to her body. Her head is slightly inclined to her left shoulder and surmounted by a diadem. She has an oval face with a tender smile. Her long, wavy hair is centrally parted and tied in a chignon at the nape of her neck. Intact. Base shown in the publication not belonging - now missing; statuette was cleaned in the 20th century.

Published: A. de Ridder, Collection de Clercq, tome III, Les bronzes, Paris 1904, nº 85, illustrated plate VIII   

Provenance:
Collection Louis de Clercq (1836-1901), France.
Collection N. K. (1910-1996), Paris and Geneva.
Private collection, France.

H 20 cm

Price on request