Lot 104: Roman Goddess Venus Torso
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st-2nd century AD. A fine quality carved marble figurine of Venus standing nude, the trunk of a tree behind her right leg; the lower section of her hair resting on the shoulders and back, the left shoulder raised. 381 grams, 17 cm (6 1/2"). UK art market, acquired prior to 1980. A number of variants are known that depict the goddess Venus, such as the Anadyomene which depicts Venus wringing out her wet hair after stepping ashore from the Aegean Sea, or the Sandalbinder, or holding the golden apple after winning the competition judged by Paris, prince of Troy. This statue is possibly that of Venus arranging her hair with her right hand and holding a mirror in her left. This was a variant of the Anadyomene and was popular in the Hellenistic period and a cult statue of the goddess was housed at Philadelphia in Asia Minor; depictions of the statue can be seen on coins minted in the city and dating to the reign of the Roman emperor Severus Alexander.
Condition Report: Fine condition; repaired at knees.