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Statuette of Aphrodite emerging from the sea

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Aphrodite emerging from what appears to be a large marine shell with undulating and ribbed sides (or possibly a basin/boat?). The figure, bending slightly to the right, steps out of a ribbed object, most likely a shell. Her left leg is "immersed" to the knee. Billowing draperies behind left...

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By date unknown: with Acanthus Gallery, 138 East 74th Street, New York 10021 (according to Acanthus Gallery: from a collection in the British Isles); purchased by MFA from Acanthus Gallery, February 26, 1986

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund

Greek or Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Hellenistic or Imperial Period, 1st century B.C. or 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 012.


Overall: 43 x 29cm (16 15/16 x 11 7/16in.) Other (Height x width): 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in.) Mount (dims of wooden base): 18 x 11 cm (7 1/16 x 4 5/16 in.) Mount (Dimensions of new wooden base): 20.3 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm (8 x 5 x 8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World