Aphrodite and Priapos

Roman
Imperial Period
early 1st century A.D.


Findspot: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina, estate of M.Aristide-Bey Baltazzi at Kalabassary

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 009.

Dimensions

26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

87.378

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Terracotta group of Aphrodite accompanied by a small ithyphallic figure; this figure has been recognised as Priapos or Tychon; there are both standing on a rectangular base. Aphrodite is looking to the right and wringing out her hair; her right arm is extending sideways and her left is bent upwards to hold the end of a lock of hair; she is wearing an himation around her hips with a broad fold between her legs; she also wears a broad fillet and large earrings. The small figure is wrapped up with an himation which covers the body from the waist up; he has a beard and wears a wreath on his head. Remains of pink color on the figure of Aphrodite and on the flesh of the small figure; there is yellow on hair of the figure and his beard, on the base and on Aphrodite’s wrist (bracelet) and earrings. On the back of the base, there is an inscription in greek: D I P H I L O U (made by Diphilos), greek letters: delta, yiota, fe, yiota, lamda, omikron, ypsilon.

Reddish-pink clay.

Provenance

By 1886: found on the estate of M. Aristide-Bey Baltazzi at Kalabassary (Myrina); 1887: purchased for MFA by Martin Brimmer; gift of Martin Brimmer to MFA, 1887

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer