Galerie Günter Puhze
Ancient Art

Object: 7273

Venus Genetrix

Roman, 2nd century AD

Bronze. Statuette of Venus genetrix – foundress of the family. The goddess stands on a flat base and holds in her outstretched left hand a pomegranate. Her bent arm leans on a pillar. The attribute once held in the hand of her upraised right arm is now missing. She is dressed in a belted pleated chiton, which has fallen from her left shoulder revealing her breast, a voluminous himation draped over her left forearm and around her body. Atop her centrally-parted hair tied in a chignon at the nape of her neck she wears a crescentic diadem. Intact.Published: Christie's, London, The Collection of the late Wilhelm Horn, 11 December 1987, lot 176. Royal-Athena Galleries, New York 1989, Catalogue Gods and Mortals, no. 102.Bonhams, London, 12 December 1995, lot 499. Provenance:Dr Philipp Lederer collection (1872-1944), Berlin. Wilhelm Horn (1870-1959) collection, Berlin, acquired from the above in 1930; and thence by descent.Private collection, Canada, acquired 1995 at Bonhams, London.      

H 15,8 cm

Price € 18.000