Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta statuette of dancing Aphrodite with Eros

early 4th century B.C.
Greek, perhaps Corinthian
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
H. 4 15/16 in. (12.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
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.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 1028, 269, pl. 109e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, 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. Eros, no. 699, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "Eros Mousikos." Representations of Musicians in the Coroplastic Art of the Ancient World: Iconography, Ritual Contexts, and Functions, Angela Bellia and Dr. Clemente Marconi, eds. pp. 98, 105, fig. 1, Pisa: Fabrizio Serra.

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