Bust Of Aphrodite: The “Hera Borghese”
Classical Antiquites - Plaster casts
|Date||ca. 570 B.C. (original), early 20th century (plaster cast)|
|Object type||plaster cast|
210 × 94 × 90 cm
|Collection||Classical Antiquites - Plaster casts|
|On view||Star Fortress (Komárom), The Archaic period of Greek sculpture (650–480 BC), Gallery I|
The statue depicts a bearded man, carrying a calf on his shoulders. The animal is a votive gift offered to the deity — just like the statue itself. According to the inscription on its base, it was “offered by Rhombos, the son of Palos” from Athens. He has pearl-like, long locks, the face shows the typical archaic smile. The man is strong, the abdominal muscles are well-defined. He is clad in a single mantle open at the front and worn close to the body. It is one of the masterpieces of sixth-century Athenian sculpture.
This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.