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Head of Aphrodite of the Capitoline type

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The head has been detached from the Capitoline Aphrodite (99.350). The nose, the lower lip, and the end of the chin have been restored. The surfaces are slightly damaged and somewhat rubbed off, in post-Antique times. The hair drawn back above the sides of the face and the shape of the face...

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Provenance

By date unknown: from Gabii (according to Bernoulli, Aphrodite (1873), p. 230, no. 24); by 1845: in a collection in Rome; by 1873: in the Palazzo Valentini (according to Bernoulli); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Palazzo Valentini); 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, about 2nd century A.D. (after a Hellenistic Greek type)

Place of Manufacture

Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 167; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Other (Head): 30 x 23 x 27 cm (11 13/16 x 9 1/16 x 10 5/8 in.) Overall (Height including modern base): 41 cm (16 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

99.351

Medium or Technique

Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos, top of head completed in Calcitic marble probably from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture