Unknown artist, Greek
Aphrodite, 2nd century BCE
Height: 47.3 cm (18 5/8 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund and Special Gift Fund 26.117
The posture of this statue of the goddess Aphrodite, with its curving torso and raised arm, identifies it as a possible copy of a fourth-century BCE work by the famous Athenian sculptor Praxiteles. The left arm has been completely reconstructed from the shoulder and now incorrectly shows Aphrodite grasping an apple, and the right foot and ankle have been replaced. Although unclothed, the goddess was once richly adorned with jewelry. The position of her right arm indicates that she originally was adjusting a necklace, and her pierced ears must have been decorated with earrings. A bracelet encircles her right wrist, and a ribbon, once overlaid with silver, ties back her hair. This statue has several known parallels of similar or later date.