The Benghazi Venus
"The Benghazi Venus". Aphrodite Anadyomene type but cut off (deliberately made this way) at upper thighs. Nude. Both arms raised, each hand holding a strand of hair, the right hand at the level of her eyes, the left, forward, at level of her shoulder. Hair parted in the middle, bound with a plain fillet, a short curling lock of hair falling down each side of her neck. Ear lobes pierced. White crystalline marble (Parian?). Intact. Well polished surfaces. Bottom surface finished and flat: No holes for any kind of attachment. White marble, discolored. About one quarter life size. Broken off above ankle bone. Foot preserved down to join with toes. Weight resting on front of foot, heel raised. Underside of foot roughly finished.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Beaumont W. Wright in Memory of Thomas Haines Griest and Mary Cooper Johnson Griest
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Ancient Greek World (08 May 1994)
Classical Gallery: Greece (1975 - 1989)
Mini Greek Exhibit (09 Oct 1989 - 1994)
Sex: A History in 30 Objects (17 Oct 2015 - 31 Jul 2016)
[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 86
[Catalogue, Collection] Romano, Irene B. 2006. Classical Sculpture; Catalogue of the Cypriot, Greek and Roman Stone Sculpture in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 44, no. 29
[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
: Page/Fig./Plate: p. 117, fig. 105
[Book] White, Donald, et al. 1995. The Ancient Greek World:The Rodney S. Young Gallery. : Page/Fig./Plate: Cover, p. 19
[Article] 1986. The Pennsylvania Gazette: Alumni magazine of the University of Pennsylvania.
[Book] Winter, Nancy. 1970. "Aphrodite Anadyomene". (May).
[Article] Crownover, David J. 1959. Ancient and Primitive Art in Philadelphia Collections. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 1 (4): 19-21.
[Book] 1930. p. 180-1.
[Book] Reinach, Salomon. 1909. Repertoire de reliefs grecs et romains. 2.
[Book] Springer, Anton. 1904. Handbucher der Kunstgeschichte. vol. 1. p. 310.
[Book] Brendel, Otto. vol. VI. p. 52, figs. 5-6.
[Book] vol. 113. p. 118.
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