Another little brass goddess figure?

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  1. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    EFA05963-BBB6-4174-A7D7-43F9F777F54F.jpeg B720826E-778A-4002-8B32-92A3768D2E34.jpeg A3F9A1EA-6551-482C-B8B0-587A55C4AE9D.jpeg FC4CC4F4-3AAD-4998-993C-0F1BFDC2BD2B.jpeg Hi all. So the current ‘Venus of Capua’ statue thread made me think and re-look this little brass statue that I got few years ago.. I always thought it looked really old to me or handmade (and maybe with the wooden base added later) I also assumed that it was somewhat based on the Roman goddess Juno (but that just seems wrong to me now) Also a souvenir ? Stands 15cm tall. What do you think? Age? Thanks for any comments. Keep well
     
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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    She does not have any of the attributes of Juno/Hera. My sense is that she does not belong to the Greco-Roman world at all. Egyptian, perhaps, or other ancient civilization of the Middle East.
     
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  3. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the comment. I think I just based my initial assumption purely on the “holding of a ball in the hand” thing (seems silly now that I thought that)

    Anyway,I couldn’t remember where I put it or even exactly what it looked like.. When I look at it now I also think Egyptian (hair/headrest and slender body) Will do some new searching..
     
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  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    It's not Egyptian. Archaic from somewhere. Here's a similar Etruscan pose but, obviously, not same period. Other examples can be found. The round object is usually described as an apple.

    Debora

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  5. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Many thanks Debora for the information and image (and saving me time) This time around I was thinking Egyptian for sure (haha) Apple not ball
    (got it) All new keywords! :)
     
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  6. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Apologies. That image was described on internet as being Etruscan but I've also found it described as Greek. It's at the Getty; I would go with their attribution.

    Debora
     
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  7. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    The Getty museum seems well worth a visit. Read about the ‘Statuette of Aphrodite’ holding the golden apple and what/who the statue represents (very interesting stuff)

    Some similarities in the pose but the Getty statue is much more voluptuous and the apple more correctly proportioned.
     
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  8. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    The pose almost makes it look like a little ‘award statue’
     
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  9. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

  10. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Ok. Thanks for that. I obviously had to google Archaic Greece. So the little brass statue is based on a archaic period view/version of Hera? (Sorry just to clarify as Iam was a little confused)
     
  11. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

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  12. Firemandk

    Firemandk Well-Known Member

    my twisted mind had it as "Morticia Addams with Fester's Brain".... No wonder my poor son is all about Halloween ....lol
     
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  13. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Well,that’s certainly an unexpected and surprising comment . Well done for thinking outside the box.. I agree does have the “Morticia” look :)
     
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