Roman marble figure representing the goddess “Venus”, Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
The goddess standing with weight on left leg, the right leg bent, a mantle tied around her lower hips and falling in thick folds, her head turned to her left with her luxuriant wavy hair centrally parted, loosely bound and tied in a chignon at the nape of her neck, loose tendrils falling onto her back, on integral plinth. Venus in Roman mythology and Aphrodite in Greek mythology is the goddess of love, lust and beauty. She was a goddess known for her beauty and infidelities, as well as for her wrath and curses when someone offended or honoured her. This deity played a significant role in the religious festivals and myths of Rome, and had a special connection with gardens and fields.