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Statuette of Aphrodite leaning on a column

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Nude Aphrodite holding an apple in her right hand, leaning on a column with her left. Her hair is pulled up into a top knot. The remains of a Greek inscription (letters: alpha, upsilon, tau) were found on the reverse side of the base. Left hand is now missing, the head has been broken and...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Bruce and Ingrid McAlpine, Ancient Art, 60 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, England (said to be from the art market in Paris and possibly from Damascus market); May 1979: anonymous purchase from Bruce and Ingrid McAlpine; anonymous gift to MFA, June 20, 1979

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Greek or Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Hellenistic or Imperial Period, 100 B.C.–A.D. 50

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 025.

Dimensions

Weight: 4.5 kg (10 lb.) Overall (without modern base): 42.9 x 20.3 x 8.3 cm (16 7/8 x 8 x 3 1/4 in.) Mount (modern black base): 3.2 x 14 x 9.5 cm (1 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1979.304

Medium or Technique

Marble, sparkling, large-crystaled Greek island

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture