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Statuette of Aphrodite Anadyomene

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
A true product of a multicultural society in Ptolemaic Egypt, this statuette combines a classical image of the Greek goddess Aphrodite appearing from the sea, just born, with the typically Egyptian material, faience. Egyptian artists achieved the characteristic brilliant blue of faience in a complex process combining ground quartz with a mixture of alkali.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Possible Place Made: Thebtynis, Egypt
  • DATES late 2nd century B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 14 3/16 x Diam. 4 1/4 in. (36 x 10.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by at least 1896, acquired by Lady (Valerie Susan) Meux; between 1896 and 1944, provenance not yet documented; by 1944, acquired by Spink and Son, London, United Kingdom; 1944, purchased from Spink and Son by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Blue faience statuette of Aphrodite Anadyomene. The goddess is shown entirely nude, her hands raised to wring out her hair. At her left is a greatly schematized urn with garment thrown over it. She stands on a round base with mouldings. Condition: Right hand missing. Two large areas of glaze missing from the upper rim of the base, one extending almost entirely across the back of the base and the other more than half-way across the front and including part of the left foot. A very small chip off the vase at the foot of the statuette. A small chip near the right knee of the figure, which shows the undarkened white body of the piece.
    CAPTION Statuette of Aphrodite Anadyomene, late 2nd century B.C.E. Faience, 14 3/16 x Diam. 4 1/4 in. (36 x 10.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 44.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 44.7_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 44.7_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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