This magnificent bronze head originally came from a complete statue thought to represent Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The head dates from the 2nd or 1st century BC and was found at Satale, modern Sagagh, in north-eastern Turkey.
It has been interpreted as representing the Eastern goddess Anahita, known to the Greeks as Aphrodite and to the Romans as Venus. She was regarded as the goddess of love and was thought to have been the daughter of Zeus and Dione or of Uranus.
It has a simple majestic beauty, serene but not severe. The deeply set eyes would have originally contained precious stones or enamel. A left hand that was discovered at the same time almost certainly once belonged to the same full- length figure.
This bronze replica was made using a mould taken directly from the ancient original in the British Museum (BM Catalogue of Bronzes 266 57R).