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Terracotta disk with Aphrodite riding on a swan

Late Classical
4th century B.C.
D. 2 3/4 in. (6.9 cm.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
In Greek art, beginning at least in the Archaic period, Aphrodite was sometimes depicted with a swan, a symbol of good health, music, divination, and grace. In Roman times, Latin poets, such as Ovid and Horace, also referred to the goddess in her chariot being drawn through the air by swans.
Said to be from Taranto

Pagenstecher, Rudolf. 1916. "Die Artemis der Canosiner Niobiden." Archäologischer Anzeiger, : no. 2, fig. 4, e, cols. 113-114.

Wuilleumier, Pierre. 1932. "Les disques de Tarente." Revue Archéologique, 1: no. 81.g, pp. 43-4.

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