Torso of Aphrodite

Late Hellenistic Period
about 125–25 B.C. (after a Greek type of the 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 098; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).


Height: 58 cm (22 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros

Not On View


The Ancient World



The front part of the torso is preserved; the back has been rounded off. Remains of drapery at the hips have also been worked off. There are traces of a small support on the right side at the level of the breast. There are minor surface damages. All indications are that Aphrodite or a nymph was standing extending her left hand and holding her mantle, or possibly an attribute such as a mirror, in her raised right hand. Her left hand probably held an attribute, such as an apple. Her himation covered her legs, and its traces remain on the hips.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI728: Isotope ratios - delta13C +5.01 / delta18O -3.83, Attribution - Paros 1, Justification - Sparkling with gray shadows, fine to medium grained marble.


Loaned by J. T. Coolidge, Sept. 19, 1904.

Credit Line

Gift of John Templeman Coolidge