Aphrodite

Greco-Roman
Late Hellenistic or Imperial Period
1st century B.C. to A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 178A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1975.647

Medium or Technique

Marble, Greek island

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The tresses, head, and upper part of the neck were evidently made separately and attached (the former into grooves on the shoulders, the latter with a pin). Arms and legs were probably pinned on with iron dowels. One such small dowel remains in the start of the support against the lower left thigh, above the knee. This support probably took the form of an urn with the goddess’ robe thrown across it. There are irregular breaks at all extremities. The surfaces have been carefully cleaned..

Provenance

By late 1920s: Aimée Lamb Collection (acquired from a private collection [E. P. Warren?]); 1962: loaned to MFA by Aimée Lamb (76.62); gift of Aimée Lamb to MFA, October 8, 1975

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée Lamb