The J. Paul Getty Museum

Statuette of Venus

Object Details

Title:

Statuette of Venus

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Syria (?) (Place Created)

Date:

A.D. 100–300

Medium:

Marble

Object Number:

70.AA.116

Dimensions:

18 × 6.5 × 4.5 cm (7 1/16 × 2 9/16 × 1 3/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Object Description

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.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1953

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.