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Statue of Aphrodite or a Roman lady

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The plinth is broken away in front of the right foot. The right arm and right shoulder were made separately and attached with a large pin or clamp. The drapery is chipped. The surfaces are incrusted and have a yellowish patina. Head and neck were made separately and inserted into the body, a...

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Provenance

Date unknown: said to have been found at Tivoli (according to a letter from J. D. Beazley); dates unknown: with a dealer in Italy who received official permission to export the statue and then with a dealer in Paris; by 1930: with Societa Anonima, A.D.A.C, Ltd., 7 Via Duca d'Aosta, Florence; purchased from Societa Anonima A.D.A.C, Ltd. through Carlo M. Girard and Franklin Picciolo, Florence by Edward Jackson Holmes and Museum of Fine Arts, August 7, 1930, for $ 27,693.71; according to notes from the August 7, 1930 meeting of the Committee on the Museum, the statue was purchased from Girard, Inc. for $ 25,000.00 plus expenses of examination in London, transportation, insurance, etc. The credit line is: Museum purchase as a memorial to Mrs. W. Scott Fitz with funds from the Henrietta Goddard Fitz Fund and Edward Jackson Holmes

Credit Line

Museum purchase as a memorial to Mrs. W. Scott Fitz with funds from the Henrietta Goddard Fitz Fund and Edward Jackson Holmes

Roman, Imperial Period, about mid-1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 182; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 166.

Dimensions

Overall: 150.5 x 58.4 x 53.3 cm, 426.38 kg (59 1/4 x 23 x 21 in., 940 lb.)

Accession Number

30.543

Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture