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Aphrodite | Apulian red figure vase painting
Museum Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Catalogue No. Boston 1970.235
Beazley Archive No. N/A
Ware Apulian Red Figure
Shape Krater, Volute
Painter The Iliupersis Painter
Date ca. 365 - 355 B.C.
Period Late Classical


Detail of Aphrodite from a painting depicting a mortal couple--either Paris and Helen or Amphiaraus and Eriphyle-- observed by the gods.

Aphrodite sits in the sky beside the god Apollo (not shown), observing a pair of lovers. She wears a long robe, slippers, veil, necklace and bracelets and her wavy hair is tied back in a ponytail. A bird--probably a dove, the goddess' usual animal familiar--sits on her lap.