Head of Aphrodite
Imperial Period, Antonine
about A.D. 138–192
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 159; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).
Other (Head only): 21 x 18 x 23 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.) Other (Head on historic socle): 32 x 18 x 23 cm (12 5/8 x 7 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens; top of the head made in separate piece of marble
Not On View
Broken at base of neck. Upper part of skull missing by an oblique break from just above the forehead to below the crown on the back. Nose somewhat damaged. Hairstyle is a complexity of looped and dangling strands with some of the hair combed backward to a loose bun below her headband and some strands pulled up at the front, probably to be tied into a bowknot on top of her head. In addition, two long locks of hair fall down onto her shoulders.
Harvard Lab No. HI713: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.43 / delta18O -4.99, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - Fine grained marble.
By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren in December 1901 with funds provided by Clement S. Houghton
Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. Clement S. Houghton