Head of Aphrodite

100–200 CE
Overall: 30.3 cm (11 15/16 in.)
Location: 103 Roman
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The elaborate hairstyle, arranged in a bow atop the head, identifies this figure as Aphrodite.


With idealized features including a straight nose, small mouth with thick lips, and a hairstyle best known from the so-called Capitoline Venus (now in Rome), this head likely belonged to a full-scale statue of the goddess of love. Like the Capitoline Venus and many other sculptures of the Roman period, it probably showed the goddess nude and bathing, harking back to the groundbreaking sculpture of Aphrodite at Knidos, carved by Praxiteles in the mid-fourth century BC.
Head of Aphrodite

Head of Aphrodite

100–200 CE

Italy, Roman

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