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Terracotta statuette of dancing Aphrodite with Eros

Period:
Classical
Date:
early 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, perhaps Corinthian
Medium:
Terracotta ; Fabric: fine hard fired pale orange (5 YR 7/6, grayer) shading to yellowish buff (10 YR 8/3) on left side of torso of Aphrodite some small sparkling inclusions. Slip, paint: Method of manufacture: moldmade, hollow, probably all in one mold. Back, vent
Dimensions:
H. 4 15/16 in. (12.6 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1069
  • Description

    Aphrodite, the goddess of love, performs a version of the so-called mantle dance, which featured the swirling movements of a voluminous linen cloak. Winged Eros plays the tambourine.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 1028, 269, pl. 109e.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Eros, no. 699.

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