Torso of Aphrodite
Late Hellenistic Period
about 125–25 B.C. (after a Greek type of the 4th century B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 098; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).
Height: 58 cm (22 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros
Not On View
The front part of the torso is preserved; the back has been rounded off. Remains of drapery at the hips have also been worked off. There are traces of a small support on the right side at the level of the breast. There are minor surface damages. All indications are that Aphrodite or a nymph was standing extending her left hand and holding her mantle, or possibly an attribute such as a mirror, in her raised right hand. Her left hand probably held an attribute, such as an apple. Her himation covered her legs, and its traces remain on the hips.
Harvard Lab No. HI728: Isotope ratios - delta13C +5.01 / delta18O -3.83, Attribution - Paros 1, Justification - Sparkling with gray shadows, fine to medium grained marble.
Loaned by J. T. Coolidge, Sept. 19, 1904.
Gift of John Templeman Coolidge