Aphrodite

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 140–240


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 100.

Dimensions

Height: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

62.956

Medium or Technique

Marble

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Aphrodite wears a long tunic with a girt overfold, which has slipped from her left shoulder. Around her hips is an ample himation, which she clutches in her left hand, as the end wraps around her left wrist. This cloak then falls to the base behind, serving as a support for the legs as she steps forward toward the viewer. The goddess may have been shielding her breasts with her right hand, presenting a dressed version of the Capitoline Aphrodite type. In that case, however, the arm could have been carved with the body. It is more likely that she had her right arm raised and held a wreath or slipper in her right hand.
The head and right arm of this vigorous statuette were attached with iron pins, which in part still remain in place. The surfaces are incrusted, stained with iron, and have a yellow patina.

Provenance

By 1962: Misses Aimée and Rosamond Lamb Collection (said to have been acquired in Italy, from Naples or regions to the South ?); gift of Misses Aimée and Rosamond Lamb to MFA, October 10, 1962

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb