Figurine of seated Aphrodite with stephane

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 001.

Dimensions

Height: 21.9 cm (8 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

87.398

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of seated Goddess; she wears a chiton reaching the ankles, buttoned on the shoulders and with short sleeves; it forms a V on the neck. Her hair is arranged on a knot on the crown; she also wears a stephane on her head with relief paterns, which surmounts a wreath of pointed leaves. The relief figures on the stephane show two Erotes holding a guirland. Gilding on the central wave of the hair shows that a pendant hung down from the wreath. She also wears earrings, bracelets, an ankle on her right ankle and high-soled sandals (kothornoi). Her feet don’t have all five toes, but only three. Her arms are seperated from the rest of the body and attached. There are traces of white slip on the chiton and the body; traces of yellow on the garment and headdress; traces of red on the hair; red on clogs below feet. The figure has no vent-holes.

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