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Bronze Venus of Sidon

There are two Venus from the Mithraeum of Sidon, one in bronze and the other in Parian marble.
8 Aug 2021
  • Front view of the Venus bronze of Sidon

    Front view of the Venus bronze of Sidon
    2009 RMN / Hervé Lewandowski 

  • Back view of the Venus bronze of Sidon

    Back view of the Venus bronze of Sidon
    2009 RMN / Hervé Lewandowski 


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A bronze Venus (de Ridder, III, 44 No. 43 and PI. VIII) and another one in Parian marble. The latter shows traces of red painting in her hair.


Aphrodite (pudique, nu, cheveux, en bandeau, chignon, bas, diadème, dentelé, tendant, bras, debout, sur, base, rectangulaire, concave, moulure)

Décor : sur diadème ; palmette (flanqué de, rosace, 2, rinceau)

Etat de l'oeuvre : incomplet : il manque deux pointes du diadème et quelques incrustations d'argent sur le diadème ; épiderme corrodé (base).

Related monuments

Mithraeum of Sidon

The Mithraeum of Sidon escaped destruction because the followers of Mithras walled off the entrance to the underground sanctuary.

Mithras killing the bull from Sidon

Sculpture of a Tauroctony from Sidon, currently Lybia.

Relief of Tauroctony from Sidon

The relief of the Sidon Tauroctony includes the signs of the zodiac and the four seasons, among other common elements.

Lion-headed Aion from Sidon

Edmon Durighello, a journalist, discovered this Aion marble in 1887.


Mithras carrying the bull

Sculpture depicting Mithras carrying a young bull on his shoulders.

Cautes of Sidon

The Sidon sculpture includes a dog jumping between Cautes's legs.

Cautopates of Sidon

Cautopates sculpture of Sidon features a snake near his left leg.

Cautes with an axe

The Cautes of Sidon who wields an axe also wears a piece of cloth on his left arm.


Second Cautes of Sidon holding an axe

In this case, a quiver has been attached to the tree-stump behind the torchbearer.

Hekate of Sidon

The Hekataion of Sidon shows a triple Hekate surrounded by three dancing nymphs.


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