The goddess is depicted nude, bending forwards, her left arm raised to balance her raised right leg, her right arm leaning against an urn covered with drapery.
With Herbert Cahn, Basel, 1998
Swiss private collection
This statuette is a
small-scale version after a Greek original showing the goddess bending down to
adjust her sandal. The type has its origins in Hellenistic Alexandria and Asia
Minor of the 3rd century BC. For a very similar Hellenistic bronze
example, cf. D. G. Mitten and S.F. Doeringer, Master Bronzes From the Classical World,
New York, 1967, p. 134-5, no. 135.
This example however is a
little more unusual as the goddess is shown lifting opposite arm and leg, which
creates a more balanced composition. For a marble Venus of the same posture in
the British Museum, acc. no. 1805,0703.17, cf. A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department
of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III, London, 1904,
31-2, no. 1580; Also LIMC, II, 2,
Aphrodite p. 46, no. 475.