Marble statue of Aphrodite

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 2nd century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: marble

Dimensions: H. 32", W. 9 1/2", D. 6 1/2

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford, on the occasion of the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.509


The goddess of love stands in an exaggerated hipshot pose, wearing a thin chiton girded just below her breasts and dropped off her left shoulder. Her himation (cloak), which falls in thick folds between her legs in front, must have been draped over her missing left arm. The underlifesize figure is one of many variants created in the Hellenistic period of a type known as the "Tiepolo Aphrodite." A major overlifesize version and numerous statuettes have been found in Athens, and many examples have also come from the island of Rhodes.