- Museum number
- Object: The Satala Aphrodite
Bronze head from a cult statue of Anahita in the guise of Aphrodite or Artemis. The eyes were originally inlaid with either precious stones or a glass paste, and the lips perhaps coated with a copper veneer. The top of the head was damaged during excavation. The thin-walled casting of the bronze head suggests a late Hellenistic date.
- Production date
- 1stC BC
Height: 38.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Found with the hand 1876.12-1.1. Rumours thast the body was also discovered but then removed to a secret location are recounted through several letters of the 1870s and 1880s but it has never been located.
- On display (G22/wc1)
- Exhibition history
2001 2 Mar-27 May, London, The British Library, 'Treasures from the Ark: 1700 Years of Armenian Christian Art'
2012, 26th March-17th July, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Treasures of the British Museum'
2015, 13 Mar-21 Jun, Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculptures of the Hellenistic World
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The head was first acquired in Istanbul by a Greek antiquities dealer called Savas Kougioumtsoglou who passed it to another dealer, Photiades who took it to Rome where it was sold to Castellani.
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number