Lot 5
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A Marble Torso of Aphrodite, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D.

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80,000 - 120,000 USD
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Description

  • A Marble Torso of Aphrodite, Roman Imperial
  • Marble
  • 13 1/4 in. 33.7 cm.
inspired by the Aphrodite of Knidos by Praxiteles, circa 350 B.C., the goddess standing with her weight on the right leg and bending forward slightly at the waist, her right forearm resting on her hip, the iron dowel on the left leg for attachment to a missing support.

Provenance

Christos G. Bastis, New York, acquired in the early 1940s
(Sotheby's, New York, The Christos G. Bastis Collection, December 9th, 1999, no. 153, illus.)

Literature

Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, catalogue of the exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1987, no. 62, illus.

Catalogue Note

Cf. A. Pasquier and J.-L. Martinez, eds., Praxitèle, Paris, 2007, no. 41. Also compare H. Hoffmann, Ten Centuries that Shaped the West, Greek and Roman Art in Texas Collections, Houston, 1971, no. 16.

The Aphrodite of Knidos, commissioned by the island of Kos but turned down by them as being too immodest, was then acquired by the city of Knidos, lying directly across the sea from Kos on a rugged peninsula in Asia Minor. Standing in a circular temple dramatically situated above the city's two harbors, the statue soon brought the city renown, and she became an object of pilgrimage as well as a standard of female beauty.

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