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Lifesize Roman Marble Hand of Aphrodite

Ancient Rome, ca. 2nd century CE. Beyond words for its elegance and grace, a finely carved delicate hand of a female, probably Aphrodite / Venus, depicted with a grasping gesture as the goddess of romantic love was oftentimes depicted suggestively holding her tresses or her himation just prior to her bath. Upon closer inspection, one can actually see that this lovely hand is grasping either fabric or a wavy lock. The technical skill of this sculptor was paramount; just look at the details, those nailbeds, the bone structure beneath her white skin, delicate knuckles, even palm lines . . . I could go on and on. Yes the sculptor who created this piece clearly possessed the expertise required to turn stone to flesh! A breathtaking rendering of the hand of the goddess who possessed such sublime beauty that she inspired much rivalry among the gods, not to mention countless representations in visual culture, among the most famous, Attic sculptor Praxitele's "Aphrodite of Knidos" (ca. 360-330 BCE) and Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" (1484-86)! Custom, museum quality stand. Size: 7.75" L x 3.5" W (19.7 cm x 8.9 cm); 7.25" H (18.4 cm) on stand.

Provenance: Ex-private M. Nimmer collection, United States, acquired in 1981; ex-Summa Gallery, CA, acquired in 1980s.

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