Figurine of Aphrodite anasyrmene

Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–A.D. 364


Height x width: 14.9 x 8.2 cm (5 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (terracotta); mold-made

Not On View


The Ancient World



This brownish clay statuette portrays a standing nude female figure with a plump body and face, a high headdress and curly hair arranged in a bun. There are white incrustations/salts and/or traces of white ground. The figure adopts the pose of “Aphrodite anasyrmene,” with her hands out at her sides as if lifting her skirt (not shown). It is molded in the round, with a firing hole in the center of the back.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection,Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way