Statuette of Aphrodite

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: Eastern Mediterranean


Overall: 17.7 x 8.9 x 2.9 cm (6 15/16 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.) Other (with base): 20.2cm (7 15/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze and gold

Not On View


The Ancient World



Aphrodite, leaning on a pillar, wears a diadem and an earring of twisted gold strands in her left ear. Her tunic and the cloak around her hips are richly draped, with the left shoulder strap slipping from her shoulder. The exposed breast signifies both the erotic and maternal roles of the goddess of love.
Her left forearm and hand are missing, and her bent right arm, extended upward, probably once held a scepter. The patina is dark green and lustrous.


By date unknown: with the Rabi Gallery, 94 Mount Street, London W1; purchased from the Rabi Gallery by Jonathan H. Kagan, March 21, 1991; year-end gift of Jonathan H. Kagan to MFA, December 29, 1994

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Robert A. Kagan