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A Greek Marble Figure of Aphrodite with Eros, late 4th Century B.C.

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Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

Property from an American Private Collection

A Greek Marble Figure of Aphrodite with Eros, late 4th Century B.C.

A Greek Marble Figure of Aphrodite with Eros, late 4th Century B.C.

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

Lot sold:

20,160

GBP

Property from an American Private Collection

A Greek Marble Figure of Aphrodite with Eros

late 4th Century B.C.


standing with the weight on her right leg, her right arm lowered and left elbow resting on a tree trunk, and wearing a chiton bound under the breasts and around the shoulders and himation draped around the lower body and left arm, winged Eros with crossed legs, leaning against her right leg; no restorations.

Height 45.7 cm.

As shown. Minor chips and abrasions overall. Most losses are to Eros' extremities and to lower section of drapery in front. Anathyrosis on neck break, perhaps for an ancient repair? Neck drilled with two small circular holes now filled in.


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European private collection, 19th Century or earlier (based on restoration techniques)
Christie's, London, July 5th, 1995, no. 214, illus.
Evelyn Aimis, Florida
acquired by the current owner from the above on February 15th, 2005

For other under-lifesize figures of Aphrodite accompanied by Eros from the same period see figures in Athens (A. Stewart, Hesperia, vol. 81, 2012, p. 280f., fig. 11), and in Oxford (Stewart cit., p. 282f., fig. 14).


The crepe-like texture of the chiton as well as the shoulder-girdle are well attested stylistic features of early Hellenistic Attic sculptures; see especially the statue of Themis from Rhamnous: N. Kaltsas, Sculpture in the National Archaeological Museum Athens, 2002, p. 272f., no. 568.