Seated Aphrodite wearing a high polos

Cypriote
Cypro-Classical Period
4th century B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 13 x 6 x 4.5 cm (5 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.165

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This seated Aphrodite wears a characteristic high kalathos-shaped polos and holds her breasts in the manner of Cypriot Aphrodite-Astarte figures. Aphrodite rests her feet on a footstool similar to one Cesnola found in the sanctuary at Golgoi - Agios Photios. This type of Cypriot Aphrodite-Astarte is popular in the Archaic period and even more so in the Classical.

This figure is possibly from Kition - Salines or Salamis.

Provenance

By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription