The J. Paul Getty Museum

Head of Venus

Object Details

Title:

Head of Venus

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Roman Empire (Place Created)

Date:

about A.D. 100

Medium:

Bronze with gold and pearl

Object Number:

73.AB.24

Dimensions:

4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

Preserved is the head from a statuette of Venus. Her head is slightly tilted to the right. She wears a diadem and her wavy hair is parted in the middle and gathered into a knot at the back of her head. She has a smooth, oval face. Her eyes are large and round with incised pupils. She has a small mouth and her delicate lips are partially opened. Both of her ears were drilled to wear earrings; one of the gold and pearl earrings survives.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1973

Antike Kunst Palladion (Basel, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Pearls (October 13, 2001 to January 5, 2003)
  • American Museum of Natural History (New York), October 13, 2001 to April 14, 2002
  • The Field Museum (Chicago), June 28, 2002 to January 5, 2003
Bibliography
Bibliography

Frel, Jiri, Burton B. Fredericksen, and Gillian Wilson. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 3rd ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1975), p. 25.

Frel, Jiri, Burton Fredericksen, and Gillian Wilson. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976), p. 28; ill. p. 29.

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum. 4th ed. Sandra Morgan, ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978), p. 28.

Landman, Neil H., et al. Pearls: A Natural History (New York: H. N. Abrams, 2001), p. 65 (photo only).

Stemmer, Klaus, ed. In den Garten der Aphrodite. Exh. cat. Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik, Berlin, Germany, 15 July-11 November, 2001, p. 172, fig. L 25.

Lapatin, Kenneth. Luxus: The Sumptuous Arts of Greece and Rome (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), p. 184, fig. 33.

Hope, Deborah. "Pearls Found in Ancient Greek and Roman Contexts in the Mediterranean." Mediterranean Archaeology 32/33 (2019/2020), p. 70 (cat. A-IMP464), pl. 9.2.