Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A finely carved white marble sculpture of the draped female, perhaps a Muse or Venus (Greek Aphrodite) - the goddess of romantic love, who is depicted in the round and draped with a flowing chiton, the folds of which are visible between her legs, and a himation flowing over it and enveloping her body. She stands with her curvaceous right hip swayed outward and left bent leg, the voluminous folds of her diaphanous garment cascading over her figure, her feet peeking out from the hemline, her right hand held across her chest, her left arm along her side - all upon an integral hemispheric base with a two-line Greek inscription, suggesting that the piece was dedicated to fulfil a vow. The sculptor of this piece delineated this beautiful female form with the utmost sensitivity and skill.
Good condition, Repaired from 2 large pieces with restoration a bit above the feet. Missing head and left hand. Losses to periphery of base. Wear consistent with age and use. Deposits and amazing root marks on the surface.
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