Monumentum

Venus of Mérida small sculpture

The lack of attributes and its decontextualisation prevent us from attributing a specific Mithraic attribution to this small Venus pudica from Mérida.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
23 Jan 2022
 
Small Venus from Mérida

Small Venus from Mérida
Museo Nacional de Arte Romano

 

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Standing, naked Venus, covering her breasts with a piece of cloth. Heads, arms and legs have got lost. According to Paris, the statuette seems to have been damaged by fire.

Paris in RA XXIV, 1914, 13 No. 14; Melida in BAH 1914,455 No. 14 andPI. IX; Cat. Badaioz, No. 1091.

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Estatua de pequeño tamaño de mujer desnuda, muy mutilada. Se conserva el torso y las piernas hasta la altura de las rodillas. Le falta la cabeza, los brazos y la mitad inferior de las piernas. Quedan restos del cabello que cae suelto sobre los hombros.
 
 

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