Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Marble statue of Aphrodite crouching and arranging her hair

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st or 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 52.71 cm.
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.119
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Copy of a Greek statue of the late 2nd century B.C.

In this small-scale statue, a complex crouching pose has been compressed into a two-dimensional composition. It is a decorative work based on a famous large, fully three-dimensional statue of Aphrodite shown crouching at her bath that was created in the third century b.c. In the late Hellenistic period, figures such as this were designed to be seen from only one or two vantage points. They fit perfectly between columns in peristyle court or garden settings.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 67, p. 10, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 118, p. 30, pl. 38, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 437, pp. 375, 491, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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