Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of Aphrodite at her birth

Greek
Late Classical Period
about 380–370 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Overall: 20.8 x 9.5 x 7 cm (8 3/16 x 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

96.722

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Figural

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Aphrodite rising from the sea. The head, arms, and torso are shown emerging from a shell; below are waves with a swan attached. Aphrodite wears an elaborated diadem and gilded chain across her bare breasts, of the “cross-band” type. Incrusted, but considerable remains of color and gilding; diadem of gilt flowers, flesh is pink and white, shell is pink, waves are blue.

Provenance

By 1896: with Edward Perry Warren (without provenance in his records); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund