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Object TitleThe Benghazi Venus
Object Number: 69-14-1
Current Location: Greece Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Hellenistic
Provenience: Libya
Benghazi (uncertain)
Period: Hellenistic Period
Date Made: 150-100 BC
Early Date: -150
Late Date: -100
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Parian Marble
Technique:Carved
Iconography:Venus
Aphrodite Anadyomene
Height: 32cm
Length: 21cm
Width: 13.5cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Beaumont W. Wright in memory of Thomas Haines Griest and Mary Cooper Johnson Griest, 1969
Other NumberL-262-1 - Other Number

Description

"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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Ancient Greek World (08 May 1994)View Objects in Exhibition
Classical Gallery: Greece (1975 - 1989)View Objects in Exhibition
Sex: A History in 30 Objects (17 Oct 2015 - 31 Jul 2016)View Objects in Exhibition
Mini Greek Exhibit (09 Oct 1989 - 1994)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 86View Objects cited in this Publication
[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. 29View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 117, fig. 105View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] White, Donald, et al. 1995. The Ancient Greek World:The Rodney S. Young Gallery. : Page/Fig./Plate: Cover, p. 19View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] 1986. The Pennsylvania Gazette: Alumni magazine of the University of Pennsylvania.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Winter, Nancy. 1970. "Aphrodite Anadyomene". (May).View Objects cited in this Publication
[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.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] 1930. p. 180-1.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Reinach, Salomon. 1909. Repertoire de reliefs grecs et romains. 2.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Springer, Anton. 1904. Handbucher der Kunstgeschichte. vol. 1. p. 310.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Brendel, Otto. vol. VI. p. 52, figs. 5-6.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] vol. 113. p. 118.View Objects cited in this Publication

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