Statuette of Aphrodite

Aphrodite, leaning on a pillar, wears a diadem and an earring of twisted gold strands in her left ear. Her tunic and the cloak around her hips are richly draped, with the left shoulder strap slipping from her shoulder. The exposed breast signifies both the erotic and maternal roles of the goddess of love.

Her left forearm and hand are missing, and her bent right arm, extended upward, probably once held a scepter. The patina is dark green and lustrous.


By date unknown: with the Rabi Gallery, 94 Mount Street, London W1; purchased from the Rabi Gallery by Jonathan H. Kagan, March 21, 1991; year-end gift of Jonathan H. Kagan to MFA, December 29, 1994

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Robert A. Kagan

Statuette of Aphrodite

  • Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.
Place of Manufacture
Eastern Mediterranean
Overall: 17.7 x 8.9 x 2.9 cm (6 15/16 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.) Other (with base): 20.2cm (7 15/16in.)
Medium or Technique
Bronze and gold
Accession Number
Not on view