Unrecorded Greek Artist (4th century BC)

Head of Aphrodite

Greece, 4th century BC

Marble

30 (19.5 excluding base) x 14 x 14 cm

Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty; the Roman equivalent was Venus. She is shown here with wavy hair, which is a delicate nod to the notion that she sprang from the sea. Her hair is parted in the middle, bound by a diadem (ornamental headband), and gathered in a knot at the back. This head is possibly a copy of Hellenistic date (323-146 BC) of an original by the great Greek sculptor Praxiteles (about 400-330 BC). This version once belonged to John Edward Taylor (1791-1844), founder of the (Manchester) Guardian newspaper.

Purchased 1945 (No. 45.10)

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