Aphrodite or a Nymph

Greco-Roman


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 176.

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

12.793

Medium or Technique

Marble, crystalline, probably from the Greek islands

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

What remains is in good condition, the damage to the base and the loss of head and most of the neck not affecting the surfaces.
The goddess or spirit holds the end of her tresses in the right hand and the corner of her drapery in the lowered left. The drapery falls in zigzags to an amphora on a rock (?) beside her left foot. Pink paint is to be seen extensively on the drapery and also on the buttocks and in the groin.

Provenance

Said to have belonged to L. P. diCesnola. A penciled note on the broken-off bottom reads "Cyprus 1870."

Credit Line

Gift of Misses Sara and Elizabeth Gaskell Norton