Delightful reproduction of a Hellenistic era statue Aphrodite Kallipygos
(or Venus Kallipygos). More commonly known as "Aphrodite of the
Beautiful Buttocks", the statue is said to be an illustration of a story
from classical antiquity regarding two sisters from Syracuse who gained fame
and fortune because of their beautiful buttocks.
The statue is an example of anasyrma, a classical pose in which a
partially draped woman is depicted raising her peplos, looking back and down
over her shoulder, appearing to observe her own buttocks.
Numerous copies were made of the goddess, two of which were presented to
Versailles in 1683-86. One is currently on display in the Louvre and
another is found in the park of Versailles. This replica of "Aphrodite
Kallipygos" is from the best known example of the goddess, a small Roman
marble copy that was displayed at the Palazzo Farnese, becoming part of the
French collection when the palace was inherited by the Bourbon kings of
Naples. While on display in Naples in 1802, it was considered
dangerously erotic, mostly because the figure was partially clad and not
César Famin, the 19th Century French antiquarian noted
in 1836: "...placed in a reserved hall, where the curious
are only introduced under the surveillance of a guardian, though even this
precaution has not prevented the rounded forms which won for the goddess the
name of Callipyge, from being covered with a dark tint, which betrays the
profane kisses that fanatic admirers have every day impressed there. We
ourselves knew a young German tourist smitten with a mad passion for this
voluptuous marble; and the commiseration his state of mind inspired set
aside all idea of ridicule."
This classical replica is made of bonded marble, delightful to touch.
An ideal gift for anyone who is interested in antiquity or classical beauty.
Dimensions: 15.5"H x 5"L x 4"W
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs.
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