Statuette of Aphrodite leaning on a small statue

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
150–100 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 010.

Dimensions

33.4 cm (13 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7751

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statue of Aphrodite leaning on another statuette. Aphrodite is standing, having her right hand extended and lifted up and her left arm is resting on the statue; her left foot is raised and rests upon the statuette’s plinth. She wears only an himation, which is wrapped around her legs and drawn up over her head at the back; she also wears a stephane and thick-soled sandals. The stattuete is an archaistic female figure; she wears an ionic chiton with two overfolds and she holds the lower one of them with her left hand; she stands on a cylindrical basis upon a square plinth. The fingers of the Aphrodite’ s statues are both missing Red on hair of goddess and small figure; yellow on stephane; red on lips; pink on himation; white slip in many places.

An inscrption on the back is marking whose work is this: A G L A O F O N T O S. The inscription is in Greek and the letters are: alpha, gamma, lamda, alpha, omikron, fe, omikron, ne, taf, omikron, sigma. The artist’s name AGLAOPHON is here in genitivus, revealing that the statue was made by him or possibly his workshop.

Pinkish-red clay.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Myrina, from the Metaxas Collection in Athens); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution