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Oval gem with Aphrodite leaning on a pillar

Brown glass. Intaglio. Convex front, flat back. Aphrodite, half-nude and draped around the waist, stands facing right with head in profile, torso in frontal view, and lower body in three-quarter view. She leans on a pillar with her right elbow cushioned by an upsweep of drapery. Her right...

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By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd–2nd century B.C.

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Medium or Technique

Glass (paste)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems