The Benghazi Venus


Location: On Display in the Greece Gallery

From: Libya | Benghazi (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: Mediterranean

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Object Title The Benghazi Venus
Object Number 69-14-1
Current Location Greece Gallery - On Display
Culture Hellenistic
Provenience Libya | Benghazi (uncertain)
Period Hellenistic Period
Date Made 150-100 BCE
Section Mediterranean
Materials Parian Marble
Technique Carved
Iconography Venus | Aphrodite Anadyomene

"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. .

Height 32 cm
Length 21 cm
Width 13.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Beaumont W. Wright in memory of Thomas Haines Griest and Mary Cooper Johnson Griest, 1969
Other Number L-262-1 - Other Number

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