Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 179; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).
Height: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, Greek island
Not On View
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.
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Dolomitic with a little Calcite.
By 1961: Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt Collection (from Egypt); gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt to MFA, December 1961
Gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt