This an identical replica of an original from the British Museum, London. One of the glories of the British Museum, Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, and this representation dates from the 1st or 2nd century BC and was found at Satala in northeast Asia Minor. This magnificent bronze head originally came from a complete statue. It has been interpreted as representing the Eastern goddess Anahita, equated with the Greek Aphrodite and the Roman Venus. It has a simple majestic beauty, serene but not severe. The deeply set eyes would have originally contained precious stones or enamel. Found at Satale, modern Sagagh, in north-eastern Turkey, the head dates from the 2nd or 1st century BC. A left hand that was discovered at the same time almost certainly once belonged to the same full-length figure. Aphrodite was regarded as the goddess of love and was thought to have been the daughter of Zeus and Dione or of Uranus. Often depicted rising from the sea, Aphrodite was carried by the Zephyrs to Cythera and then Cyprus, where she was raised by Nereus. Moulded from the original in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities (BM Catalogue of Bronzes 266 57R). This replica was made using a mould taken directly from the ancient original in the British Museum. Also available in 100% pure bronze (please check our other listing).