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Aphrodite of Ostia

Charles Townley was a grand tourist and collector of classical antiquities, and in 1791 was elected onto the board of trustees of the British Museum in London. He took an active part in the management of the Museum until his death in 1805. His large collection was left to the British Museum on the condition that the sculptures, including this one, should be exhibited in a purpose-built gallery.

This Aphrodite, adapted from or at least influenced by Praxiteles, was found in Ostia, the harbour city of ancient Rome. It seems to be a mirror image of the Aphrodite of Arles

Number: 
235
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

London British Museum 1574

Size: 
2.00m
Accession: 

Transferred from the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1884

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 242 (n.3)
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 96, no.523
Smith: Catalogue of British Museum Sculpture III (1904), 28
Bulle: Der Schöne Mensh im Altertum (1922), 112, pl. 160
Vaughan in Journal of the History of Collections, vol.3, no.2 (1991), 188

Date: 
C1-2 CE Roman. Original: late C4 BCE
Sculptor: 
School of Praxiteles
Provenance: 

Found in Ostia in 1775

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