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A Roman Marble Figure of Aphrodite with Ketos, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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A Roman Marble Figure of Aphrodite with Ketos, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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A Roman Marble Figure of Aphrodite with Ketos, circa 2nd Century A.D.
standing with the weight on her left leg, and wearing a himation draped over the left shoulder and upper arm and around the legs, her left hand grasping her garment, her long hair falling over the shoulders, a diminutive sea monster (Ketos) next to her left leg; half of hair over nape of neck, both feet with adjoining drapery, greater part of Ketos, and plinth restored, other restorations removed.
Total height 95 cm.; height without plinth 89 cm.
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Provenance

private collection, circa 18th Century (based on restoration techniques)
Portuguese private collection, acquired in the 1950s

Catalogue Note

Representations of Aphrodite with a Ketos are very rare. The only parallels seem to be: a group of the goddess with Eros standing on a Ketos in the Louvre (LIMC II, p. 79, no. 698, pl. 70), a relief figure of the seated goddess with a Ketos in her lap on the so-called Portland vase (LIMC VIII, p. 734, no. 33, pl. 498), and a relief figure of the goddess reclining on a Ketos from Ostia (LIMC VIII, p. 734, no. 43, pl. 500).

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