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Marble statue of Aphrodite

1st–2nd century A.D.
Overall: 15 x 7 1/4 x 5 in. (38.1 x 18.4 x 12.7 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
Not on view
Roman copy or adaptation of a Greek statue of the 3rd century B.C. known as the Capitoline Aphrodite

The Aphrodite of Knidos created by Praxitiles in the fourth century B.C. was the first major nude statue of the goddess. A number of other important works showing her without clothing were created in the following centuries. In this popular statue type, Aphrodite stands with both hands shielding her body in a gesture of modesty.
M.E.P. 1924. "Miscellaneous Greek and Roman Sculptures." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(10): p. 242.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 147, pp. 83-84, pls. 108a-c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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