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Statue of a standing girl

Date mid-2nd century A.D.
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique carved, marble

height: 73.5 cm, width: 34.5 cm

Inventory number 4758
Collection Classical Antiquities
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Basement Floor, Classical Antiquity, Eros – Dionysos – Thanatos

The statue represents a young girl before puberty. But the thin dress, fitted close to the body, tied with a belt and falling off her shoulders is a typical costume of Aphrodite, and beautiful young women in general. Her flirting posture is also too early for her age. The statue thus depicts a young girl, but in the manner of Aphrodite, as a beautiful woman. The conflict between the two reflects a personal tragedy: the girl died before becoming a woman. The statue’s head, now lost, probably preserved the individual features of the little girl.

Marble analyses have shown that the statue was made of Göktepe marble.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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