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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 104, Gods and Goddesses
Statuette of Venus
Roman Empire (Place created)
2nd - 3rd century
19.2 × 8.5 × 5.4 cm (7 9/16 × 3 3/8 × 2 1/8 in.)
Romans kept small statues of gods as part of household shrines. In wealthy homes, such statuettes were often carved in precious materials--gold, silver, or ivory. This silver statuette depicts a goddess leaning against a short column. Her extended left hand probably once held a
Depictions of Venus fully clothed with her dress slipping off one shoulder and leaning on a support began in large-scale Greek statues meant for public display in the 400s B.C. The type remained popular throughout Greek and Roman art and, as seen here, was often translated into miniaturized statuette form for household use.
1865 - 1901
Louis de Clercq, French, 1836 - 1901
by 1974 - 1976
Mathias Komor (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976.
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (March 28, 2012 to May 26, 2013)
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 26, 2011 to February 20, 2012
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), March 28 to July 9, 2012
de Clercq, M. Louis, Joachim Menant, and Andre de Ridder. Collection de Clercq: Catalogue methodique et raisonne. Paris: 1888-1911. . Vol. III, Les Bronzes (1905). no. 103.
Vermeule, Cornelius. Greek and Roman Sculpture in Gold and Silver. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1974. pp. 25-26, no. 80, ill. Listed as on New York Market (Komor).
Sofroniew, Alexandra. Household Gods: Private Devotion in Ancient Greece and Rome. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), pp. 76-7, fig. 39.