Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty
A sensual expression of love and anexceptional gift for lovers: Statuette of Venus, goddess of love, of erotic desire and beauty.
In addition to the many forms of worship, which the goddess Venus enjoyed, shehas a special meaning as Venus genetrix, ancestor of the Roman people. She isthe genetrix of the gender of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, right from hergrandson of Ascanius, the son of Aeneas. For this reason, Julius Caesarbuilt her in the year 46BC a magnificent temple where the annualgames of the Saturnalia were celebrated at the Forum Romanum.
His successor, Gaius Octavius, called Augustus, also referred to the goddess Venus.
A dolphin, the animal associatedwith the goddess Venus, is shown at the foot of the statue. The dolphinrepresented love and philanthropy - developing thinking and behavior.
The 1st of April was dedicatedto the goddess Venus where she was worshipped as Venus Verticordia (because ofher impact on female hearts) by the Roman females alongside ofFortuna Virilis (Goddess of happiness of women for men) and Concordia (the Goddessof harmony).
- Location: France
- Height of Venus, about 16 cm
- patinated real alabaster plaster
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