Marble statue of Aphrodite crouching and arranging her hair


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.

Marble statue of Aphrodite crouching and arranging her hair, Marble, Roman

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