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Statue of a Crouching Venus

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Statue of a Crouching Venus






Roman Empire (Place Created)


A.D. 100–150


Gray marble

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115 × 56.7 × 72.6 cm (45 1/4 × 22 5/16 × 28 9/16 in.)

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Object Description

Statue of a crouching Venus accompanied by Cupid and a swan. Venus is missing the right arm below her shoulder, left forearm and foot, and part of the right foot. She is nude except for a serpent-like helixes (armlet) worn on her left arm. She leans forward, her arms crossed in front of her, left elbow braced on her left leg. She supports herself on the toes of her right foot, her leg bent such that she sits on her heel. Her head is turned sharply to her right. The figure of Cupid, standing behind her and to the right, is missing his head, left leg, and lower right leg. He clings tightly to Venus, his left hand stretched up along her back, the right extended forward around her right hip. The swan, compressed beneath the statue's left side, is likely a support. The statue is modelled after the Crouching Aphrodite type, attributed to the 3rd century B.C. sculptor Doidalsas of Bithynia.

before 1772

Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, Italian, 1716/1717 - 1799, sold to Admiral Lord George Anson or Thomas Anson, before 1772.


Admiral Lord George Anson, English, 1697 - 1762 (Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire, England)


or Thomas Anson, 1695 - 1773

by 1875 - 1901

Sir Francis Cook, 1st viscount of Montserrat, English, 1817 - 1901 (Doughty House, Richmond, England), by inheritance to his son, Sir Frederick Lucas Cook, 1901.

by 1953 - 1954

Bert Crowther (Syon House, Middlesex, England)

1954 - 1955

Spink & Son, Ltd., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1955.

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