Aphrodite unveiled

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 140–240


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 177; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111-112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height (with plinth): 20.2 cm (7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.760

Medium or Technique

Marble, fine-grained white, of a dull tone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

An Aphrodite emerging from bath or sea who is lifting her mantle behind her as if from the bath or sea. The dolphin on the rocks beside her identifies her as the goddess of love. The small-scale of the sculpture, only about seven inches high, indicates that it was used as a decorative object in a private Roman house. It was found in Smyrna and fits well with the domestic sculptures excavated in Asia Minor.

The right knee and the drapery on the left side have been damaged slightly. The surfaces, otherwise excellent, exhibit some root marks.


An Aphrodite emerging from bath or sea who is lifting her mantle behind her as if from the bath or sea. The dolphin on the rocks beside her identifies her as the goddess of love. The small-scale of the sculpture, only about seven inches high, indicates that it was used as a decorative object in a private Roman house. It was found in Smyrna and fits well with the domestic sculptures excavated in Asia Minor.

The right knee and the drapery on the left side have been damaged slightly. The surfaces, otherwise excellent, exhibit some root marks.

Provenance

By 1903; with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna. Found quite close to Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24,1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900