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Head of the Knidian Aphrodite Type
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Head of the Knidian Aphrodite Type

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This head is best paralleled by copies of the Aphrodite of Knidos, which was carved in the 4th century BCE by Praxiteles. The turn of the neck and the gaze of the eyes are down and to the left, and the eyes retain extensive paint, including upper and lower eyelashes. Red paint is well preserved on the double band that wraps around the wavy hair and chignon; the brown paint of the hair is almost entirely preserved. The carved out section of the proper right side of the head may have allowed for attachment of a now-missing attribute, but it is also possible that this section of hair was separately carved. The proper right eye, nose, lips, and chin are damaged.
Date Description Narrative
Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer, New York, 1927, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. P4147]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Number] 2362; [Number] 2085
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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2nd century CE (Roman)
Parian marble with red, yellow and brown paint, gilding, and wax
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H: 11 3/16 in. (28.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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