Roman Goddess of Love. Goddess of the Oceans.
This famous image, Venus rising from the sea foam, comes from wall frescos at Pompeii, the Italian coastal city where she was particularly venerated. As Goddess of Sexual Love, her famous Renaissance depiction, birthed from sea foam, varies from her earlier association with Artemis as a Lady of the Hunt.
Her horned consort was Adonis, and her worship by the Romans included temple instruction in sacred sexual techniques for achieving heightened spiritual consciousness. Venus compares to Greek Aphrodite. The metal associated with Aphrodite is copper which is abundant on the Isle of Cyprus, an early place of worship.
[From a wall fresco, Pompeii, Italy]
8 3/4" gypsumstone statue, sienna wash color finish. #VEN