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Head of Aphrodite

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Head turned slightly to her left with hair secured by a ribbon, below which it was pulled back to a loose knot at the nape of her neck. Surface rough with corrosion. The top of the head was made separately; eyes originally made of another material. Scientific Analysis: Marble has been...

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By 1764: collection of Henry Temple, Second Viscount Palmerston (1739-1802), of Broadlands, Hampshire (purchased in Italy); date unknown: collection of Lord Ronald Gower; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek or Roman, Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period, about 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 158; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).


Height x length (of face): 37 x 22 cm (14 9/16 x 8 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World