A stylized depiction of the first appearance of the Greek goddess, Aphrodite, this fountain façade was hand-carved in limestone in Paris. Although there are several theories about the creation of Aphrodite, one of the most common legends is that she mysteriously arose from the Mediterranean Sea, either near Cyprus or the Greek Island of Kythira.
Carved in mid-relief, the face of Aphrodite can be seen encircled by various seashells as if she were emerging from the water. Above her head is another large shell, flanked by a pair of volutes that comprise the double-arched top of the stone. Aphrodite’s mouth has been carved agape, with an opening of ¾ of an inch, allowing the façade to be paired with a basin for a cascading water fountain. The light gray stone has areas with cream and black patination, providing a striking visual presence. Our stone façade is from the Art Nouveau period (circa 1900) and could also be used as a lovely stone wall plaque.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor losses and cavitations. Stone is a natural material that can change colors with exposure to the elements. Please contact us for a photo of the current patina.