Aphrodite untying her sandal

Imperial Period
1st–2nd century A.D. (after a Greek type of the 2nd century B.C.)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 175; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).


Height: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Palombino limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



Part of the drapery behind is missing, and the right thigh near the right forearm has been damaged. There are root marks on the surfaces, which are otherwise well preserved.
The goddess is balanced on her right leg, which is partly bent. Stooping slightly, she lifts her foot in order to adjust her sandal. A himation, on her left shoulder, fell down her back and was carried over her right thigh, where a fragment of it is preserved. The back of the figure is less carefully worked than in front. The folds of the drapery are sharply cut with a drill in the hard stone.


By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund