Figurine of Aphrodite anasyrmene

Egyptian
Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–A.D. 364


Dimensions

Height x width: 14.9 x 8.2 cm (5 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1603

Medium or Technique

Pottery (terracotta); mold-made

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This brownish clay statuette portrays a standing nude female figure with a plump body and face, a high headdress and curly hair arranged in a bun. There are white incrustations/salts and/or traces of white ground. The figure adopts the pose of “Aphrodite anasyrmene,” with her hands out at her sides as if lifting her skirt (not shown). It is molded in the round, with a firing hole in the center of the back.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection,Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way