Large Ancient Greek head of Aphrodite
Cast from the original by the Louvre Museum, Paris
Head of Aphrodite, Cast from the original by the Louvre Museum workshop. The bust was acquired by Darksword Armory founder, Eyal Azerad, during the mid 1980’s during his visit to the Louvre. The bust is signed by the Museum workshop at the base of the neck.
Aphrodite, also known as Venus in Roman mythology, is the ancient Greek goddess of love, beauty, desire, and fertility. She is one of the twelve Olympian gods and goddesses who resided on Mount Olympus. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite was born from the foam of the sea near the island of Cyprus after the castration of the titan Uranus by his son Cronus.
Aphrodite is often depicted as a beautiful and seductive goddess, associated with love and desire. She had a significant influence over the realms of romance, passion, and procreation. Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, the blacksmith of the gods, but she had numerous affairs and romantic entanglements with both gods and mortals, including Ares, the god of war.
Her symbols include the dove, the rose, the scallop shell, and the mirror. Aphrodite had a notable role in various myths and legends, such as the story of her love affair with the Trojan prince Paris, which was a catalyst for the Trojan War. She was also closely associated with the city of Athens, where she had a temple called the Aphrodite Pandemos, which represented her role in public and civic life.
Aphrodite’s influence extended beyond Greece, as she was widely worshiped throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. Her cults and temples were present in various cities and regions, and her worship often involved rituals and festivals celebrating love and fertility. Aphrodite remains a prominent figure in Greek mythology and continues to inspire artistic depictions and interpretations of love and beauty.
Material: Bonded Marble
Dimensions: 17.5″ H x 8″ wide x 10″ deep
Weight: 22 lbs