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Hermophroditus
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Hermophroditus


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Description Hermaphroditus was a half-male, half-female deity who was the child of the messenger-god Hermes and Aphrodite, goddess of love. A favorite subject of Hellenistic and Roman artists, he was depicted with breasts, male genitals, and a voluptuous body. Images of Hermaphroditus were placed in gymnasia, baths, theaters, and homes. The small size of this example suggests that it was made as a decorative object or for a household shrine.
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Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Technical Reportexamined for technical study
5/25/2001Treatmentcleaned; stabilized
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer, New York, 1928, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. P5346]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928

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Period
1st century
Medium
marble, traces of polychromy
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.167
Measurements
H: 18 7/8 x W: 9 13/16 x D: 4 15/16 in. (48 x 25 x 12.5 cm)
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