Etruscan filiform aphrodite

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This statuette represents a standing female figure whose arms are plated against the extremely long and flat body. Only the chest, buttocks and knees protrude.

She wears a tunic, the presence of which is only indicated by the small bulge that widens slightly above the boots laced at the end with a curved tip. These shoes, typically Etruscan, are called "Calcei repandi".

The body so smooth, so linear, contrasts with the much more detailed head. Covered with a squared tiara, the hair wavers in finely chiselled bands that hide the ears and are picked up on the nape of the neck. The regular features of the face are reminiscent of the models of Greek classicism and make it possible to date this work of art from the 4th century BC.

Reproduction in patinated resin or patinated bronze

Dimensions
Height: 52.5 cm.
Length: 5.5 cm. 
Depth: 5,5 cm.
Weight in resin: 0,8 kg.
Bronze weight: 2,9 kg.
Origin: Found among many ex-voto, in 1886, in the sanctuary of Diana of Lake Nemi, in Etruria (Central Italy).
Period: 4th century BC, Etruscan and Italian art.
Museum: Paris - Museum of the Louvre.
Available materials: Resin or Bronze.
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It was found, among many ex-votos, in 1886, in the Diana Sanctuary of Lake Nemi, in Central Italy.
As she is wearing a tiara, it was thought that she could represent a divinity: Hera, Aphrodite or Artemis.

The deformation of the body, on the other hand, may have a religious origin; it can be found on a dozen bronze figures whose size varies from 22 cm to 57 cm in height.

But the Louvre statuette is distinguished by its particular quality.

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Etruscan filiform aphrodite

This statuette represents a standing female figure whose arms are plated against the extremely long and flat body. Only the chest, buttocks and knees protrude.

She wears a tunic, the presence of which is only indicated by the small bulge that widens slightly above the boots laced at the end with a curved tip. These shoes, typically Etruscan, are called "Calcei repandi".

The body so smooth, so linear, contrasts with the much more detailed head. Covered with a squared tiara, the hair wavers in finely chiselled bands that hide the ears and are picked up on the nape of the neck. The regular features of the face are reminiscent of the models of Greek classicism and make it possible to date this work of art from the 4th century BC.

Reproduction in patinated resin or patinated bronze

Dimensions
Height: 52.5 cm.
Length: 5.5 cm. 
Depth: 5,5 cm.
Weight in resin: 0,8 kg.
Bronze weight: 2,9 kg.
Origin: Found among many ex-voto, in 1886, in the sanctuary of Diana of Lake Nemi, in Etruria (Central Italy).
Period: 4th century BC, Etruscan and Italian art.
Museum: Paris - Museum of the Louvre.
Available materials: Resin or Bronze.
Editor:rmngp

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