Aphrodite

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 179; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

61.1409

Medium or Technique

Marble, Greek island

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This essentially decorative representation of Aphrodite, with a dolphin-like support at her left side, was undoubtedly carved at Alexandria in Egypt. The small figure showed the goddess standing holding the end of her tresses with her raised right hand and perhaps a mirror with the left. What remains of this statuette, essentially the torso and upper legs, has a plain surface, now tempered by a dirty yellow patina.

Scientific Analysis:
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Dolomitic with a little Calcite.

Provenance

By 1961: Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt Collection (from Egypt); gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt to MFA, December 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt