A Roman marble draped female figure
Lot 65W
A Roman marble draped female figure
Sold for £111,650 (US$ 186,777) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Roman marble draped female figure
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
Possibly Aphrodite or a personification, over life-size, the lower body swathed in heavy folds of drapery, wrapped about the hips with the ends falling in front, standing on an integral base with the left leg bent to rest a sandalled foot on a swan, 45in (114cm) high


  • Provenance:
    The Sir Daniel Donohue Collection, California, formed before 1968. The collection was begun by the oil and cement tycoon Daniel Murphy in the 19th Century and inherited by his daughter and son-in-law, Sir Daniel Donohue and Countess Bernardine (d. 1968) who then added to the family collection.

    Accompanied by a copy of a photograph of the figure in situ in the gardens of the Donohue residence.

    Other goddesses and personifications are sometimes depicted standing on animals. A similar example of Aphrodite Ourania standing with her foot resting on a tortoise is now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, acc. no. AO 20126; and for a personification with a bull's head, see the figure of Melpomene, the muse of tragic poetry, found in front of the Celsus Library, Ephesus, now in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Antikensammlung, Vienna, Inv. I 812.
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