Torso of Aphrodite, Roman copy of 4th century BC Greek original by Praxiteles - 916.1.4_1

916.1.4_1

Torso of Aphrodite, Roman copy of 4th century BC Greek original by Praxiteles

Medium:Marble
Geography: Found at Ihnasya al-Madina, Egypt
Date: 1st-4th century AD copying 4th century BC original
Period: Roman Imperial period copy, Classical Greek original
Dimensions:
97 cm
Object number: 916.1.4
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
Description

Aphrodite of the Knidian Type

This statue is a late derivation of the celebrated nude Aphrodite which was created by the sculptor Praxiteles in the 4th century BC for the sanctuary of the goddess on the island of Knidos. The type, showing Aphrodite disrobed for a bath and shielding herself with her right hand, became a standard for the female nude in antiquity.

Collection:
Roman World
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