Statuette of Aphrodite wringing out her hair (Anadyomene)

Nude female figure of Aphrodite Anadyomene arranging her long hair, based on a Hellenistic prototype. The goddess of love and beauty, is shown drying herself after being born full-grown from the sea. In Greek the theme is entitled "Aphrodite Anadyomene," and the birth was thought to have taken place off the coast of Cyprus. She stands on her own pedestal, her left hip resting against a support in the form of a drapery-covered stump. A garment for her use is draped over the tree stump. This composition could also be interpreted as Aphrodite emerging from her bath. Such sculptures had a great popularity in gardens where water basins or fountains were present.

This statuette is intact, with an even yellow patina on the surfaces.

Scientific Analysis:

Harvard Lab No. HI224: Isotope ratios - delta13C +3.34 / delta18O -5.99, Attribution - Naxos, Sardis, Justification - Medium to coarse grained marble.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Mohammad Yeganeh, Bundenweg 7, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (according to his invoice of June 1, 1982: allegedly found in Asia Minore); purchased by MFA from Mohammad Yeganeh, June 9, 1982

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund

Statuette of Aphrodite wringing out her hair (Anadyomene)

  • Greek or Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Hellenistic or Imperial Period, 100 B.C.–A.D. 70
Dimensions
Overall: 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble
Classification
Sculpture
Catalogue Raisonné
Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 024.
Accession Number
1982.286
Not on view

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