Figurine of Aphrodite with Elaborate Headdress

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
Imperial Period
late 1st century A.D. or later


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

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 002.

Dimensions

28 cm (11 in.)

Accession Number

87.397

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of a seated female figure, possibly Aphrodite. She is wearing a long, tight-fitting girdled chiton, buttoned on the shoulders; the short sleeves of the chiton, are also buttoned down the arms. On her head, she is wearing a circlet with a disk on the center, surmounted by a floral ornament. Behind that rises a structure, presumably a wig, with four layers of hair, laid one upon the other; in the center of this structure there is a necklace of pendants; she has her ears pierced and she is wearing bracelets and high-soled sandals (kothornoi). Her arms are attached to the body. She has a circular brooch between her breasts and wrinkles on her long neck. All of her features and especially facial characteristics are archaizing in type. Headdress, body across thighs, right wrist, both feet mended. Traces of pink and yellow.

Reddish 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