Romano-Egyptian Terracotta Figurine of Goddess Venus
A hollow moulded terracotta figure depicting the goddess Venus wearing an elaborate headdress. She is shown standing, holding a palm frond in her left hand and a wreath in her right. The back is decorated with grooves and a raised element in the cente which may represent a sea-shell. The base is close over. Mounted on a purpose-made metal stand (height including stand 11 cms).
Date: Circa 1st century BC/AD. Period: Roman-Egyptian Condition: Very Fine. Such figures were never sharp in detail when coming from a mould.
Venus was an ancient Italian goddess associated with fields and gardens, who was later identified by the Romans with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite and she became associated as a goddess of fertility, victory and even prostitution.
To find out more about terracotta votive statuettes please see our relevant blog post: Gifts to the Gods.
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