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Head of Venus

Object Details


Head of Venus






Roman Empire (Place Created)


about A.D. 100


Bronze with gold and pearl

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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.

- 1973

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

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

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.