Torso of Aphrodite

Greek
Late Hellenistic Period
about 125–25 B.C. (after a Greek type of the 4th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 098; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 58 cm (22 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.324

Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Scientific Analysis:
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.

Provenance

Loaned by J. T. Coolidge, Sept. 19, 1904.

Credit Line

Gift of John Templeman Coolidge