Marble statue of Aphrodite

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 2nd century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: marble

Dimensions: H. 32", W. 9 1/2", D. 6 1/2

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford, on the occasion of the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.509


The goddess of love stands in an exaggerated hipshot pose. She wears a thin chiton girded just below the breasts, and her himation (cloak), which must have been draped over the missing left arm, falls in thick folds between her legs. This figure is one of the many variants created in the Hellenistic period of a statue type known as the Tiepolo Aphrodite. A major over-life-sized version and numerous statuettes have been found in Athens; many examples also come from the island of Rhodes.