the from which this copy was made was unearthed in 1911 by italian archaelogists in cyrene, an important greek colony on the mediterranean coast of africa. it is now in the national museum at rome, italy. sculpted in the mother country of greece around 100 b.c. (hellenistic period), the venus of cyrene bears certain stylistic similarities to earlier works from the 4th century b.c., a time when the female nude emerged as a favorite subject of greek sculptors.

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