Roman Terracotta Venus

Roman · 1st century A.D.

Material

Terracotta

Dimensions

H: 69.8 cm (27.4 in)

Reference

35546

Price

$90,000

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Overview

Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality, stands with her weight on her left leg. Her elaborate coiffure is parted in the center, bound in a chignon surmounted by a stippled and rayed stephane from behind, as four long corkscrew tresses fall over her shoulders. A diaphanous chiton descends from her right shoulder, leaving her left breast bare. In her right hand, she lifts the hem of her himation as the fabric falls in long folds behind her, flowing around the sides, while in the left hand, she holds a pomegranate.

Provenance

Art market, prior to 1999;

Sotheby’s, New York, 10 December 1999, lot 312;

The Gilbert Collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, acquired in New York, 10 December 1999.

Published

Sotheby’s, New York, 10 December 1999, lot 312;

The Gilbert Collection: by Phoenix Ancient Art, New York, 2019, no. 210

Exhibited

La Biennale, Grand Palais, Paris, 11-17 September 2019;

PAD London, Berkeley Square, London, 30 September 6 – October 2019