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Statuette of Aphrodite or a Muse leaning on a pillar

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A young woman wearing a high-belted tunic (chiton) and a mantle (himation) leans against a rectangular pillar with a block-like top and places one foot on its base. Her hair is arranged in a "melon-coiffure" or "corn rows", pulled back to a bun at the base of her skull. Loose locks fall from...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: From the Erotes tomb [at Eretria]. This statuette was found on a small table in the tomb.); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 300–250 B.C.

Findspot

Eretria, Euboia, Greece

Dimensions

Height: 39.4 cm (15 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

98.893

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, painted

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture