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Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of Aphrodite at her birth

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Aphrodite rising from the sea. The head, arms, and torso are shown emerging from a shell; below are waves with a swan attached. Aphrodite wears an elaborated diadem and gilded chain across her bare breasts, of the "cross-band" type. Incrusted, but considerable remains of color and gilding;...

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By 1896: with Edward Perry Warren (without provenance in his records); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Late Classical Period, about 380–370 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Overall: 20.8 x 9.5 x 7 cm (8 3/16 x 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Figural


The Ancient World