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Hermaphrodite was the product of the union of Venus and Mercury, whose names in Greek, Aphrodite and Hermes, were combined to form the name Hermaphrodite. Hermaphrodite combined the sexual attributes of both males and females and was worshipped as a deity at least from the fourth century...

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1901: found in the Villa Matrone (Villa of the Contrada Bottaro) near Pompeii, where the owner of the land, G. Matrone, was given permisssion to sell and/or export some of the finds in return for his gift of the most notable sculpture from the site to the Museo Nazionale in Naples; by dates unknown: in a succession of European and American private collections; Anonymous gift to MFA, December 31, 1981

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Roman, Imperial Period, about 20 B.C. to A.D. 40

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 029; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 168.


Weight: 58.1 kg (128 lb.) Overall: 78.5cm (30 7/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World