Figurine of Aphrodite

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
late 3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 006.


23.2 cm (9 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Statuette of Aphrodite standing with her weight on the left leg and her right leg drawn back. She bends her head forward and looking down to the right having her hands lifted up and placed close to her left ear. She is half-naked wearing only an himation blown out behind her in the form of a shell and hanging in the front, between her legs, in folds. She also wears sandals and she has her hair drawn back in a small knot. Both hands and the object they were probably carrying are missing. There is a hole in the bottom of the left foot; below the vent in the back of the figurine two letters are inscribed, either A Y or A P
Traces of black in hair; of white slip and white flesh color in various places; Restored slightly at neck.

Light reddiish-yellow clay.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund