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Torso of Aphrodite

Torso of Aphrodite

Torso of Aphrodite

Marble

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

H: 38.5; W: 18 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:

76.20.101

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

This work was inspired by Praxiteles’ renowned statue, Aphrodite of Knidus. The original and its copies are often referred to as Venus Pudica (modest Aphrodite) type, since the goddess is shown attempting to conceal her nakedness.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Avida, Uri, Aphrodite: A Greek Goddess, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1978

Rozenberg S., Las Afroditas del Israel Museum, Goddesses, Mediterranean Female Images from Prehistoric Times to the Roman Period, Nicolau, A. and Azara, P., Barcelona, Spain

Exhibitions:

Aphrodite: A Greek Goddess, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 28/11/1978 - 31/03/1979

Goddesses, Mediterranean Female Images from Prehistoric Times to the Roman Period, Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat, Barcelona, 2000