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Figurine of Cypriot Aphrodite

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This head and body of Cypriot Aphrodite belong to a figurine that was probably enthroned. Her right hand touches her breast, while the left holds an apple. The figurine may come from Kition - Salines. The figurine is broken off below the waist. Considerable amounts of white slip remain.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for $ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

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Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription

Cypriote, Cypro-Classical or Hellenistic Period, 4th or 3rd century B.C.


7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World