Limestone Statue of Aphrodite Holding Winged Eros

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This sculpture is made out of limestone. The statue stands at about forty-nine and three-fourths inches tall, which is a little over four feet tall. Aphrodite has an oval face. Also, Aphrodite is wearing a lot of drapery that covers her entire body and goes over her shoulders, which makes her look modest. Aphrodite is also wearing a long hat, or what it appears to look like a round crown, which is decorated with a flowery-patterned design, that goes from her head down to her shoulders. It also shows from the sculpture, that Aphrodite has long curls of her hair falling over her shoulders. I could not get a clear view of her nose or mouth, since those parts of the sculpture are cracked. Aphrodite's breasts are very small and she is skinny. She has the drapes from her right hand wrapped around her stomach over her left hand, in order to hold the winged object.

I also saw that the drapery was big on her hand because the drapery hangs down from her right hand. The drapes from the right hand, until the bottom half of the statue, all have creased lines. In addition, part of her left hand is chopped off. By looking at the sculpture, a shadow is present, which it exposed from the drapery all around the statue of Aphrodite. I noticed that Aphrodite's lips are straight, her face is faced up to the audience and is slightly tilted to the left, and the rest of her body is positioned straight. The bottom half of Aphrodite's feet are not present. I also noticed that there was something or someone with wings on the upper left hand of Aphrodite. In correlation, Aphrodite appears to be holding this winged object with her left hand and balancing it with...