References Descharnes: Dalí: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects. Eccart, 2004. pg. 239 ref. 616
Venus is the goddess of beauty and Dalí pays homage to the female figure and his attraction to female beauty in this sculpture, by adding his own surreal elements. The underlying form in this sculpture is of a classic female torso, to which four Dalinian symbols are added: a soft watch, ants, an egg and a separation of the body into two parts.
The watch is draped over the neck to give us two opposing messages, that beauty of the flesh is temporary and will vanish, while beauty of art is timeless and eternal. On the clock face the numbers five and eleven are missing, did Dalí wish to indicate the date he was born?