Head of Aphrodite ("The Bartlett Head" )

Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
about 330–300 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 055; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 086.


Head without socle: 28.8 x 18.1 x 24.8 cm (11 5/16 x 7 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.) Head on socle: 42 cm (16 9/16 in) Historic socle: 13.8 x 13.8 cm (5 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Parian marble

On View

Greek & Roman Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 211)


The Ancient World



So-called Bartlett Head of Aphrodite, associated with the style of Praxiteles. Important and rare original example of late Classical or early Hellenistic sculpture. Neck is worked for insertion into a full length statue, now lost. Well preserved except for a small break at the tip of the nose.


By date unknown: Found in Athens; formerly in the possession of the late Mr. Pallis (according to L. D. Caskey, Catalogue of Greek and Roman Sculpture, no. 28); by 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Found opposite the Monasteri Rwy station, Athens); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900