A feast of Venus, signified by the dove, and the myrtle and pearl girdles worn by the goddess and her priestesses. The pineapple on column signifies Bacchus, and the boetilus or oracular stone denotes Venus. Figure in armour, Mars. Copperplate engraving by Thomas Kirk (1765-1797) from Sir William Hamilton’s Outlines from the Figures and Compositions upon the Greek, Roman and Etruscan Vases of the Late Sir Hamilton, T. M’Lean, London, 1834.

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A feast of Venus, signified by the dove, and the myrtle and pearl girdles worn by the goddess and her priestesses. The pineapple on column signifies Bacchus, and the boetilus or oracular stone denotes Venus. Figure in armour, Mars. Copperplate engraving by Thomas Kirk (1765-1797) from Sir William Hamilton’s Outlines from the Figures and Compositions upon the Greek, Roman and Etruscan Vases of the Late Sir Hamilton, T. M’Lean, London, 1834.

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