7 December 2000
A LARGE ROMAN TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF APHRODITE
Circa 2nd Century A.D.
Probably from Asia Minor, the goddess wearing a mantle draped over her left shoulder and across her waist, enveloping her legs, leaving her upper torso exposed, wearing sandals, a necklace, bracelets, and armlets, her hair arranged in an elaborate coiffure, with two braids falling on to each shoulder, a comb in her right hand, a fragment of a mirror(?) in her left, with traces of white slip preserved throughout
20¼ in. (51.4 cm.) high
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For a similar terracotta figure of Aphrodite in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, see fig. 163 in Henig, ed., A Handbook of Roman Art.
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