Head of Aphrodite

Greek or Roman
Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period
about 1st century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 158; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length (of face): 37 x 22 cm (14 9/16 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

96.694

Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Head turned slightly to her left with hair secured by a ribbon, below which it was pulled back to a loose knot at the nape of her neck. Surface rough with corrosion. The top of the head was made separately; eyes originally made of another material.

Scientific Analysis:
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Fluorescence and determined to be Calcitic.
Harvard Lab No. HI236: Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.93 / delta18O -1.05, Attribution - Probably Paros 2, Justification - Coarse grained marble.

Provenance

By 1764: collection of Henry Temple, Second Viscount Palmerston (1739-1802), of Broadlands, Hampshire (purchased in Italy); date unknown: collection of Lord Ronald Gower; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund