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The Satala Aphrodite

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Satala Aphrodite
  • Description

    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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38.1 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.

  • Bibliography

    • Bronze 266 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G22/wc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 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

  • Subjects

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  • Acquisition name

  • 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.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Bronze head of a goddess, probably Aphrodite


COMPASS Title: Bronze head of a goddess, probably Aphrodite

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