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Fragmentary Statuette of Aphrodite

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Artist Unidentified


Fragmentary Statuette of Aphrodite

Creation Date

323 BCE-1 BCE


4th-1st century BCE


17 15/16 in. x 6 11/16 in. (45.5 cm. x 17 cm.)



Creation Place

Ancient Mediterranean, Greece

Medium and Support


Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Dana C. Estes h 1898


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Aphrodite, or Venus to the Romans, was one of the most widely worshipped of all Greek goddesses and her popularity inspired many types of sculpted figures. Statues of Aphrodite proliferated during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. All were inspired to some degree by the Aphrodite of Knidos by Praxiteles, the first major Greek work to show the goddess nude. Found in a variety of contexts, the Bowdoin example was intended to be displayed against a wall or in a niche. Though working from a famous model in the round, the sculptor focused on the features of the front and sides, neglecting the back of the figure.

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Additional Image right side
right side
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Left rear view