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Aphrodite (Venus)

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Miniature statue of Venus/Aphrodite in the style of the Aphrodite of Knidos; made of greenish glass and ivory-colored overlay. Rare example of Roman miniature sculpture in glass made by lost wax technique, with details wheel cut.


By 1897: H. Hoffmann Collection; by 1899: at Hotel Drouot, sale of the H. Hoffmann Collection, Paris, May 15-19, lot 492; purchased at Hoffmann sale by Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st–2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Ancient Glass (MFA), no. 28.


Height: 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass (cast)


The Ancient World