Hellenistic Greek Marble Head of Aphrodite
An ancient Greek Alexandrian miniature marble head of Aphrodite Anadyomene. The full statue once depicted the goddess wringing water out of her hair after rising out of the sea.
Ca. 2nd-1st century BC.
Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty. She was also known as Cypris and Cytherea after the two islands, Cyprus and Cythera, where she was said to have originated. The Anadyomene (rising) type is one of the most popular representations of Aphrodite, as according to Greek mythology the goddess was born from the foam of the sea. Hephaestus was her husband, the child Eros her companion, and Ares one of her lovers.
Cf. A larger, intact statuette in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inv. no. 1982.286.
Formerly in the collection of Dr. Isidor Silbermann, acquired at Parke-Bernet auction, New York, April 30, 1959, lot 151; then in the possession of his son Dr. George Harell, New Orleans.