Figurine of half-draped Aphrodite

Hellenistic or Greco-Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 101.


15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; a yellowish, white marble-like alabaster

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Aphrodite’s himation is knotted around her thighs and falls in thick folds to her feet. Her left hand is preserved, holding a phiale on top of the rectangular, fluted, and molded pillar which is against her left side. A small amphora is set against the front of this support. The figure is very flat and two-dimensional, in keeping with the older traditions of Archaic to Hellenistic Cypriote sculpture.

The figure is broken off at the upper part of the abdomen; the lower part of the support with the amphora, the feet, and most of the plinth are either damaged or broken away. Surfaces are scratched and patinated.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription