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Head of Aphrodite

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The small head catches something of the studied vagueness of Praxitelean female beauty as interpreted in the Hellenistic ateliers of Egyptian Alexandria. Aphrodite wears a large diadem, with scalloped enrichment to suggest flowers or jewels on the outer edges; she has her hair done in a knot...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Richard R. Wagner Collection (acquired by him in Istanbul); gift of Richard R. Wagner to MFA, December 8, 1965

Credit Line

Gift of Richard R. Wagner

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, 3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 099.

Dimensions

Height: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.1703

Medium or Technique

Marble, perhaps from Dokimeion

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture