Goddess, Persephone or Aphrodite

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
about 300–250 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia, Canosa


54 cm (21 1/4 in.); Legacy dimension: H: about 21 1/4" (54 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Standing figure, broad striated strap handle rising up behind head, curving over to back of shoulders. spiraliform diadem, round central ornament, “petals” at sides of face; tress over right shoulder. White slip remains of polychrome: gold necklace and armlets. lavender, pink and white draped garments. Holes for attachments on left side, large square hole in back. Has been broken and restored; cracks visible in handle; left forearm missing; fingers on right hand missing.


By date unknown: with Summa Galleries Inc., 342 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212; by 1981: D. Herbert Lipson Collection; gift of D. Herbert Lipson to MFA, October 14, 1981

Credit Line

Gift of D. Herbert Lipson, Publisher of BOSTON Magazine, Boston, Mass.