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Statuette of Aphrodite

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Aphrodite, leaning on a pillar, wears a diadem and an earring of twisted gold strands in her left ear. Her tunic and the cloak around her hips are richly draped, with the left shoulder strap slipping from her shoulder. The exposed breast signifies both the erotic and maternal roles of the...

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By date unknown: with the Rabi Gallery, 94 Mount Street, London W1; purchased from the Rabi Gallery by Jonathan H. Kagan, March 21, 1991; year-end gift of Jonathan H. Kagan to MFA, December 29, 1994

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Robert A. Kagan

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.

Place of Manufacture

Eastern Mediterranean


Overall: 17.7 x 8.9 x 2.9 cm (6 15/16 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.) Other (with base): 20.2cm (7 15/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bronze and gold


The Ancient World