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medallion / bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Silver relief medallion with gilding, perhaps from a bowl: Aphrodite at her toilet. Aphrodite is taking something offered to her by a girl attendant. The girl is standing on a pedestal and seems to have either leaves or a piece of cloth in her hands. Aphrodite sits half-draped, on a rock decorated with flowers, and turns to look at Eros, who is putting an upturned basket on his head.

    The figures are hammered up from the back of the disc by the repoussé technique. The ornaments in the background and below are incised into the metal, with details picked out by gilding. On the left is a long-handled, heart-shaped fan, and in the background a flower and a butterfly with half-folded wings. Below are musical instruments, a set of pipes on the left and a lyre to the right, with a bird and grass-hopper (cicada) between, each with a star or flower.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 300BC-200BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 9.3 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Silver 71 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G73/dc75

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Silver medallion with Aphrodite seated on a rock


COMPASS Title: Silver medallion with Aphrodite seated on a rock

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