Lot 72
  • 72

A Marble Sigma-shaped Table with Relief Border depicting the Birth of Aphrodite and a Marine Thiasos, Eastern Mediterranean, late Roman/early Byzantine, Theodosian Period, circa 390-430 A.D.

Estimate
400,000 - 600,000 GBP
Sold
429,000 GBP
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Description

  • A Marble Sigma-shaped Table with Relief Border depicting the Birth of Aphrodite and a Marine Thiasos, Eastern Mediterranean
of sigma-shape, the entire perimeter carved in raised relief within a bead-and-reel border with a lively cortege of sea-creatures converging towards Aphrodite Anadyomene in the center of the straight side, the goddess seated in a conch held by two sea-centaurs and squeezing the sea-foam from her hair, the thiasos composed of nereids riding sea-centaurs, sea-griffins, sea-horses, and ketoi, some accompanied by erotes, a reclining female personification in the left corner, a male one in the right corner, several figures holding implements, such as a box, basket, rudders, fishplate, or dolphin.
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