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Figurine of Aphrodite

Figurine of Aphrodite - Nicholson Museum

Figurine of Aphrodite

This Figurine of Aphrodite is only 11 centimetres high and missing its head and limbs. However, she is a masterpiece in the classical depiction of the female form and a beautiful representation of the human body. Mythological tradition claims that Aphrodite was born naked in the sea foam off the coast of a Greek island and Hellenistic sculptors leapt at this tradition to experiment with the naked female form. The torso of this figurine is twisted slightly by the contrapposto pose, with all weight on the raised left hip and straightened left leg, her right breast turned slightly. This form was popular for centuries.

Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. She is identified with the planet Venus, which is the name of the Roman goddess Venus, who the Romans called their equivalent of the Greek goddesses, Aphrodite. The cult of Aphrodite was derived mainly from that of the Phoenician goddess Astarte, who was acquired from the East Semitic goddess Ishtar of Sumeria. In Homer’s Iliad, along with Athena and Hera, Aphrodite she was one of the three goddesses whose feud resulted in the Trojan War, and she plays a significant role throughout the Iliad. Aphrodite has been featured in western art as a symbol of female beauty and has appeared in numerous works of western literature.

Figurine of Aphrodite

  • Title:              Figurine of Aphrodite
  • Greek:           Ἀφροδίτη
  • Dates:            323BC – 31BC
  • Material:       Marble
  • Origins:         Greece
  • Dimensions: 11 (h/l) x 4 (w) x 2.8 (d) cm
  • Museum:      Nicholson Museum

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