Ancient Greece, Hellenistic period, ca. 4th to 2nd century BCE. A hollow-molded terracotta seated figure depicting Aphrodite, the goddess of romance, beauty, and love. Aphrodite presents nude with legs held tightly together, a slight mound on her abdomen, perky breasts, and sloping shoulders that taper to form the feminine neck. Her face is slightly downcast to the right and bears almond-shaped eyes, a slender aquiline nose, full lips with indented corners, and smooth cheeks, all beneath a conical coiffure. Pale orange slip covers the entire figure and imbues it with a flesh-like tone. Size: 2.2" W x 5.6" H (5.6 cm x 14.2 cm); 8.125" H (20.6 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA, acquired in September 2016; ex-private Westerlo, Antwerp, Belgium collection
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