Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of Aphrodite at her birth

Late Classical Period
about 380–370 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 20.8 x 9.5 x 7 cm (8 3/16 x 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Figural

Not On View


The Ancient World



Aphrodite rising from the sea. The head, arms, and torso are shown emerging from a shell; below are waves with a swan attached. Aphrodite wears an elaborated diadem and gilded chain across her bare breasts, of the “cross-band” type. Incrusted, but considerable remains of color and gilding; diadem of gilt flowers, flesh is pink and white, shell is pink, waves are blue.


By 1896: with Edward Perry Warren (without provenance in his records); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund