Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Torso of Aphrodite
Roman copy of a Greek original of the 3rd century BCE
Alabaster
H: 19; W: 10.5 cm
The Harry Stern Collection, bequeathed by Dr. Kurt Stern, London, in memory of his parents and his brother, who perished at Sobibor
Accession number: 76.20.116
 
 
Of all the goddesses, Aphrodite was the only one to be portrayed as a life-sized nude. The first sculptor to dare to produce such an image was Praxiteles in the mid-4th century BCE. Many variations on his famous statue were subsequently created throughout the Hellenistic and Roman periods.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir