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Head of Aphrodite ("The Bartlett Head" )

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So-called Bartlett Head of Aphrodite, associated with the style of Praxiteles. Important and rare original example of late Classical or early Hellenistic sculpture. Neck is worked for insertion into a full length statue, now lost. Well preserved except for a small break at the tip of the nose.


By date unknown: Found in Athens; formerly in the possession of the late Mr. Pallis (according to L. D. Caskey, Catalogue of Greek and Roman Sculpture, no. 28); by 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Found opposite the Monasteri Rwy station, Athens); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Greek, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, about 330–300 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 055; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 086.


Head without socle: 28.8 x 18.1 x 24.8 cm (11 5/16 x 7 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.) Head on socle: 42 cm (16 9/16 in) Historic socle: 13.8 x 13.8 cm (5 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Parian marble


The Ancient World