A Roman marble figure of Venus
Lot 119
A Roman marble figure of Aphrodite
Sold for £114,000 (US$ 191,613) inc. premium
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A Roman marble figure of Venus A Roman marble figure of Venus
Lot Details
A Roman marble figure of Aphrodite
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D. with 18th Century additions
Standing naked after her bath, her weight resting on her right leg, her left knee relaxed, bending forward at the waist, her right arm lowered and holding an apple, her left arm wearing an armilla with her hand raised, her head turned to the left with her hair dressed in a chignon, the sculpture supported by a later tree trunk on a circular base, her feet restored, 35in (89cm) high, some later 18th Century additions, including the right arm below the elbow, the left arm from the shoulder and the head


  • Provenance:
    Property of an English lady, acquired between 1968-1978.

    Originally, most probably a statue of Venus Pudica, it is thought that this figure would have had her right arm covering her modesty, a small lump on the left thigh indicates that the right hand may have rested here. With the loss of both arms, the head and part of the feet, the statue was probably remounted with the missing parts re-carved in the 18th Century. The addition of the apple and the armilla are later incorrect attributions, along with the trunk and base providing the support, but they do give the original Roman torso balance and a classicising harmony.