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Z10.5 THE BIRTH OF APHRODITE

Museum Collection: Suweida Regional Museum, Suweida, Syria
Catalogue Number: TBA
Type: Mosaic
Context: From Phillipopolis
Date: --
Period: Imperial Roman

ARTICLES

Aphrodite, Erotes, Ikhthyokentauroi

SUMMARY

Aphrodite is carried ashore in a cockle shell by a pair of Ikhthyokentauroi (fish-tailed centaurs) following her sea birth. She is attended by two Erotes (winged love gods), namely Eros and Himeros, who fly overhead with a billowing shawl. The goddess herself is haloed and gazes at her own reflection in a hand-held mirror.

 
 
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