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Marble statue of Aphrodite loosening her sandal

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Marble, Parian ?
H. 11 in. (28 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Variant of a Greek work of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.

Aphrodite was represented bending down to remove the sandal from her raised left foot. Her outstretched left arm probably held a small figure of Eros, who reached over to her breast. Many versions of this small-scale statue type exist. It was probably a popular votive offering in the Hellenistic period, and it was widely used as decoration in Roman villas.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1921. "Greek and Roman Accessions." Bullletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16 (1): p. 12.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 108, 246, pl. 86e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 156, p. 86, pls. 112d-f, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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