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Torso of Aphrodite

Torso of Aphrodite

Torso of Aphrodite

Alabaster

Roman copy of a Greek original of the 3rd century BCE

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

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

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.