Large Marble Statue of Aphrodite with Eros

Culture: Roman
Period: 1st-2nd century A.D.
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 90 cm high
Price: Reserved
Ref: 3277
Provenance: German private collection P. E. acquired in the 1970s. Gorny & Mosch auction 218, 18th December 2013, lot 248. Thence in an English collection.
Condition: The rough surface suggests that the statue stood in open-air for decades. The head of Venus and a wing of Eros missing. The head of Eros possibly reattached right after its discovery.
Description: Marble statue of Aphrodite and of the youthful Eros on a rectangular plinth. The goddess with her weight on her right leg, the left one slightly bent, wearing a long peplos, cascading down on her right shoulder. Her right arm is lovingly wrapped around Eros’ nude shoulder, with her slightly bent left arm holding the hem of the peplos. The youthful god with folded large wings, nude except for a cape around the left shoulder and the left bent leg, gazing to the motherly goddess. Aphrodite wears finely worked out sandals on her feet, which are looking out from her long gown. A Roman statue of a Greek original from Soloi in Northern Cyprus. A depiction with the same body posture was found in 2015 in a grave complex and was dated from 400 to 350 B.C.