Terracotta disk with Aphrodite riding on a swan


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.

Terracotta disk with Aphrodite riding on a swan, Terracotta, Greek

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