The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 24, 2024



400–200 BCE
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This Aphrodite may be admiring her reflection in a mirror once held in her left hand.


This nude figurine was likely inspired by the Aphrodite of Knidos by Praxiteles, a work that spawned countless reproductions of varying sizes in different media. Created from inexpensive terra cotta clay, this Aphrodite might have been commissioned as a votive offering by a person of modest means.
  • R. H. “A Figurine of Aphrodite.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 14, no. 7 (1927): 120–27.
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1928. Reproduced: p. 78
    Doshi, Saryu. India and Greece, Connections and Parallels. Bombay: Marg Publications, 1985.
    Neils, Jenifer. “The Twain Shall Meet.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 72, no. 6, 1985, pp. 326–359. Reproduced: p. 330, fig. 6
    Dierichs, Angelika. “Torso Einer Aphroditestatuette.” Boreas 8 (1986): 247–52. Mentioned p. 250, Reproduced Plate 43, no. 1.
  • Exhibition of the Month: The Mother Symbol. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 13, 1953-January 27, 1954).
    The Twain Shall Meet. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 30, 1985-January 5, 1986).
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