Figurine of half-draped Aphrodite

Greek
Hellenistic or Greco-Roman Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 101.

Dimensions

15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.314

Medium or Technique

Stone; a yellowish, white marble-like alabaster

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Aphrodite’s himation is knotted around her thighs and falls in thick folds to her feet. Her left hand is preserved, holding a phiale on top of the rectangular, fluted, and molded pillar which is against her left side. A small amphora is set against the front of this support. The figure is very flat and two-dimensional, in keeping with the older traditions of Archaic to Hellenistic Cypriote sculpture.

The figure is broken off at the upper part of the abdomen; the lower part of the support with the amphora, the feet, and most of the plinth are either damaged or broken away. Surfaces are scratched and patinated.

Provenance

By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription