Ancient Hellenistic Marble Head of Aphrodite Goddess of Erotic Love

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Object Description

Fine Ancient Hellenistic Marble Head of Aphrodite Goddess of Erotic Love with Her Head Turned to Her Right Her Wavy Hair Parted in the Centre Bound in a Diadem and Falling in a Broad Plait with a Chignon Over the Nape of Her Neck a Thick Tress Behind
Each Ear Pierced to Receive Jewelled Pendants
2nd – 1st Century BC

Size: 8.5cm high, 6.5cm wide, 8cm deep – 3¼ ins high, 2½ ins wide, 3 ins deep / 15cm high – 6 ins high (with base)

Object History

Ex Private English collection
Acquired with a collection of Books from the Beckford Society in the 1980’s reputedly part of the Library of William Beckford at Fonthill Abbey

Object Literature

Aphrodite was a Greek goddess born in the sea foam off Cyprus who became the irresistible embodiment of love and sex. The island has long been known as ‘Love’s Island’ because it was her traditional birthplace. Owing to its position only forty miles from the coast of Asia Minor and adjacent to the great trade routes, Cyprus was a great melting pot of races and a fertile seed bed of religious systems. It was here that Greek art and culture transformed the Asiatic cults of Ishtar, Asarte, Ashteroth or Mylitta into the worship of Aphrodite. Much later, St Paul and St Barnabas were the first to preach Christianity here beyond the mainland of Asia.

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