|ROMAN IRON AND BRONZE LIDDED ARYBALLOS: APHRODITE ANADYOMENE
As a child, wringing her hair and riding a dolphin, serving as the bronze cover. The spherical body is of iron and the chains and lid of bronze. Part of an athlete’s ablution set.
Possibly a unique, playful extension of the myth.
Cf. Ian Jenkins, Greek and Roman Life, London, 1986, p. 48, fig. 57; Enrica Pozzi et al., Le Collezioni del Museo Nazionale di Napoli, Roma, 1986, p. 178, no. 45.
Ex English private collection, acquired in the early 1990s.
2nd-3rd Century AD
H. without chain 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.)