Aphrodite or a Nymph

Greek
Hellenistic Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 095; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4500

Medium or Technique

Marble, crystalline, island

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The break is near the bottom of the neck. The face, neck, and particularly the hair show remains of a heavy incrustation. Otherwise the piece is in excellent condition, with an exquisite softness of facial surfaces, akin to that of the “Maiden from Chios”. The head has the soft, indefinite modeling associated with the so-called Alexandrian style. Type and proportions recall those of the Knidian Aphrodite, and this head must have come from a small statue of Aphrodite or a half-draped nymph.

Provenance

Gift of Edward Perry Warren.

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren