About this object

A statue of a female goddess, identified as Aphrodite because of the dolphin by her left slightly bent leg. The goddess stands in a frontal pose, her head slightly tilts down and to the left. Her right arm is on her projecting right hip, the weight of her body is on her right. The left leg is bent with the foot arched.The upper part of her body is naked with a loose mantle, around her hips and legs. The drapery has some dramatic folds below the left arm and foot but its overall arrangement around the body is less convincing. Her oval face lacks any distinct features, the eyes are open and flat and the mouth is very small. She wears a diadem on her head, an indication of her divine status. She has a puntello on her right shoulder, probably used to attach the veil. She also wears a snake bracelet high on her left upper arm. The statue may be based on the type, discussed by Pausanias and known as 'Euploia' for the marine attributes shown. Scholars have attributed the original to either Praxiteles, Lysippos or an unknown Hellenistic master. The statue is more likely a Roman copy of an original of about 340 BC. The Roman examples of this type would have been used in a bath or a gymnasium context. There are traces of water use around the dolphin's mouth.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st century BC-1st century AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    1250 mm x 600 mm x 450 mm x 202 kg
  • Note
    Blundell identified the statuette as Galatea, the sea nymph who attacted a mortal shepherd. In his account he drew from Ovid's Metamorphoses and greatly admired the statuette.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); 1st Lord Cawdor ( Previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph William Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: 1800-06
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • 1st Lord Cawdor

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1800-06
    Disposal method: Sold
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