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November 2018 Archaeology

The woman, the pearl and the shell

Sandro Botticelli did not invent anything showing Venus standing in a shell: it is part of a tradition dating back to antiquity that makes the shell the cradle and boat of the goddess of love and beauty. The silver shell studied here evokes at the same time the marine world, the goddess Aphrodite and the world of women ...

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Shell
Greece or South Italy, IInd – Ist Century BC
Hammered and inscribed silver
10.5 x 15.3 x 2 cm
FGA-ARCH-GR-0112

Provenance
Former swiss collection, in the eighties
Pierre Bergé & Associés, Paris, 25 May 2016, lot n° 195

Unpublished

© Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. Photographer: André Longchamp
© Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. Photographer: André Longchamp

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