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Statue of Aphrodite

Statue of Aphrodite

Statue of Aphrodite

Marble from Aphrodisias (Asia Minor) and pigment

H: 156; W: 42 cm



Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

This statue decorated the great bathhouse in the center of Roman Beth Shean. One of the most beautiful of its type ever discovered, it depicts the goddess Aphrodite (the Roman Venus) in the pose known as “Modest Venus”: nude and sensual but covering her breasts and genitalia. To her left is Cupid riding a dolphin. Colorful paint, marvelously preserved, can be found on Venus’ curls, breasts, genitalia, and arms, and in particular on Cupid’s wings.

From the Israel Museum publications:

The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005

Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006


The Beauty of Sanctity: Masterworks from Every Age, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 29/03/2005 - 12/11/2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by:
The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir