Aphrodite and Eros (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

ca. 120 BC
Greek (Myrina)
terracotta, traces of polychrome
Overall: 13 3/4 × 6 3/8 × 3 3/4 in. (34.93 × 16.19 × 9.53 cm)
Prior to the Hellenistic period, females (unlike males) were rarely depicted nude. Like many of the early images of nude women, this statuette shows Aphrodite, in this case seminude. Here, the goddess of love gazes into a mirror as she adjusts her hair, and her son, Eros, holds a cosmetic box. Such complicated terracottas were made from molds; the cast pieces were assembled and painted with the bright colors used to ornament stone and terracotta statues in antiquity.
Hellenistic Period
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
“Falling in Love Again,” Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA): 1 July-4 September 1994.
“Terra-cotta Aphrodite statue now on view at Va. Museum.” The Richmond News Leader (Richmond, VA), 10 March 1984.

Mattusch, Carol. “Field Notes: Virginia.” Archaeological News XIII, no. 1/2 (1984): pp 40-41.

Virginia Museum Bulletin 44, no. 7 (March 1984).

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, Inc. Antiquities, auction catalogue. London, 10 July 1979, lot #267, pp. 122-23.
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