Head of Aphrodite

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


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 003.

Dimensions

6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7735

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Head of a female figure, probably a goddess. This is the head of a well-known Hellenistic type in terracaottas of East Greece and Asia MInor and it is possible that it depicts Aphrodite. She has her hair arranged in flat waves with a knot on the crown; her large crown (stephane) has a scalloped edge and radiated outer segment;the (crown) stephane surmounts a wreath of long and pointed leaves; some locks of her hair are falling down the neck. There are some traces of blue over white on the crown (stephane).

Reddish clay.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Myrina, from the Metaxas Collection in Athens); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution