Spink & Son, Ltd., sold to J. Paul Getty, 1953.
1953 - 1970
J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.
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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 105, J. Paul Getty, the Collector
Statuette of Venus
Syria (?) (Place Created)
18 × 6.5 × 4.5 cm (7 1/16 × 2 9/16 × 1 3/4 in.)
Gift of J. Paul Getty
Small statuette of a frontal, nude Venus, missing her arms and lower legs. Attachment holes indicate that the figure originally served as an articulated doll. The hollow eyes were probably once filled with colored glass, and the drilled earlobes held earrings. The hair is pulled back from the head in a center-parting, but much of the back of the head is missing. There are prominent "Venus rings" on the neck.