Statue of Crouching Aphrodite, Copy of the Doidalsas Type
The crouching goddess, with sinuous and flourishing shapes, modestly covers herself with her arms adorned with a smooth bracelet and a snake-shaped armilla. The hair is gathered loosely in a knot on the head and on the nape, while fluffy strands fall softly on the shoulders. Aphrodite is depicted in a position common to the Greek women bathing, who crouched, cleansed in small tanks helped by the handmaids who poured water on them. The iconographic model of the work is that of the Aphrodite of Doidalsas, an artist from Asia Minor of the third century BC who made the bronze prototype. The statuary type had considerable success, especially in Roman times.
The statue of Aphrodite, from the Giustiniani Collection, is a valuable copy that dates back to the Julio-Claudian age.
Inventory: MT 170
Material: White marble
Technique: Work sculpted through the use of: chisels (also square-tipped and toothed) rasps
Dating: Imperial age
Origin: Giustiniani Collection