Figure of Aphrodite with two winged Erotes - 958.61.80.A_1_2018

958.61.80.A_1_2018

Figure of Aphrodite with two winged Erotes

Medium:Limestone with traces of red pigment
Geography: Excavated from the sanctuary of Apollo at Tamassos-Frangissa, Cyprus
Date: about 400-300 BC
Period: Cypro-Classical II
Dimensions:
21.3 x 16.1 x 9.2 cm
Object number: 958.61.80.A
Credit Line: Gift of the National Gallery of Canada
On view
Gallery Location:A.G. Leventis Foundation Gallery of Ancient Cyprus
DescriptionIn Greek mythology, Aphrodite arose from the sea off the coast of Palaepaphos – at the southwest tip of Cyprus. Her origins are rooted in Cypriot prehistory, when she was worshipped as the Great Goddess and later assimilated with Near Eastern fertility deities. The Greeks then transformed her into their Hellenic ideal ... goddess of beauty, love, and desire. This is how Aphrodite re-appeared in Cyprus from the 4th century BC.
Collection:
Greek World
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