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Statue of Aphrodite riding on a goose

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The goddess is seated on the back of the goose. She grasps the bird's neck with her left hand; her right hand is raised, holding out her mantle, and her feet are crossed. The goose was flying upward with wings spread. Its legs are hidden in the round plinth, once probably painted blue to...

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By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Rome. He cites: Furtwängler, Statue einer Göttin [Bruun-Bruckmann's Denkmâler]: "Formerly in the Somzée Coll - bought in a shop in Rome; found near the Porta San Pancrazio."); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24,1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Greek, Late Classical Period, about 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 043; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107-108 (additional published references).


H x W x D: 68.6 x 43.2 x 34.3 cm (27 x 17 x 13 1/2 in.) Mount (Base plate): 28.9 x 27.9 cm (11 3/8 x 11 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World