photo of white plaster cast of sculpture of face of Aphrodite of Knidos with wavy, pulled-back hair on dark gray background
photo of white plaster cast of sculpture of face of Aphrodite of Knidos with wavy, pulled-back hair on dark gray background
photo of white plaster cast of sculpture of face of Aphrodite of Knidos with wavy, pulled-back hair on dark gray background
photo of white plaster cast of sculpture of face of Aphrodite of Knidos with wavy, pulled-back hair on dark gray background
photo of white plaster cast of sculpture of face of Aphrodite of Knidos with wavy, pulled-back hair on dark gray background
$ 270.00

Aphrodite of Knidos Mask - Item #260

Patina Options

Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order to order is to be expected.

Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.

 

FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.

photo of cast of sculpture relief of robed figure, head now missing, reaching for her sandal in Flat White Patina on a dark gray background       

WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.

       

LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.

     

ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.

     

BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.

     

STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.

 

DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.

 

SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.

 

TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.

 

ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.

TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.

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14.25 Inches High x 9.5 Inches Wide x 8 Inches Deep 

Life-size mask. The Aphrodite of Knidos, also known as the Venus of Cnidus, was the first life-size statue of a goddess or female depicted in the nude when Praxiteles sculpted it in the 4th century B.C.E. It is considered his greatest work, and it set a precedent for future depictions of the idealized female body. The people of Knidos (which was a Greek island and city in modern-day Turkey) placed Praxiteles's marble statue in the Temple of Aphrodite where it received renown and pilgrims. Although the original no longer exists, there are many surviving Roman copies - though not exact replicas - including the Colonna Venus located in the Vatican Museums and the Kaufmann Head in the Louvre. The figure, standing in contrapposto, is shown preparing for her ritual bath - dropping her clothes and in turn, using a hand to cover her pubic area which consequently leaves her breasts exposed. Aphrodite wears her wavy hair pulled back and adorned with two narrow head pieces. Her head, with its idealized face, is tilted down and to the left. On the cast in our collection, we have left intact the seam lines created during the old moldmaking process used in the past. 

 

Artist: Praxiteles

Museum: Pio Clementine Museum, Vatican Museums, Vatican City and Louvre Museum, Paris

Time Period: Ancient Greek, c. 350 B.C.E./Ancient Roman, 2nd century C.E.

1911 Catalog ID # - 13485


Sources:

"Aphrodite of Knidos." Museum number 233. Museum of Classical Archaeology Databases. University of Cambridge, UK, https://museum.classics.cam.ac.uk/collections/casts/aphrodite-knidos-0.

"Aphrodite of Knidos." Museum number Sage no. 253 and 282. Cornell University Library Digital Collectionshttps://digital.library.cornell.edu/catalog/ss:172716.

Astier, Marie-Bénédicte. "Female head, Modeled from the Aphrodite of Cnidus." Museum number MND 2027 and Ma 3518. Louvre Museumhttps://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/female-head-modeled-aphrodite-cnidus

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Cnidus." Encyclopædia Britannicahttps://www.britannica.com/place/Cnidus.

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Praxiteles." Encyclopædia Britannicahttps://www.britannica.com/biography/Praxiteles.

"Statue of the Aphrodite of Knidos." Museum number 1981.11. The Art Institute of Chicagohttps://www.artic.edu/artworks/61600/statue-of-the-aphrodite-of-knidos

Pieces are plaster unless otherwise noted. They are made to order and hand cast. We offer our pieces in a variety of patinas/finishes. Click next tab for more details.

Small and large reliefs and masks come with at least one embedded hook for hanging unless otherwise noted.

Questions? View the FAQ page for more information and for answers to frequently asked questions. Email us at contact@capronicollection.com or call us at 781-933-2455.

Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order to order is to be expected.

Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.

 

FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.

photo of cast of sculpture relief of robed figure, head now missing, reaching for her sandal in Flat White Patina on a dark gray background       

WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.

       

LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.

     

ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.

     

BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.

     

STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.

 

DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.

 

SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.

 

TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.

 

ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.

TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.

Most pieces ship within 1-3 weeks as they are made to order and hand cast.

Customers in the contiguous United States receive free shipping automatically at checkout. Customers located elsewhere can find shipping options in the checkout process.

Pieces must be opened and inspected within 48 hours of delivery to report any damage.

Returns are not accepted; all sales are final as pieces are made to order and hand cast.

View the FAQ page for more information and for answers to frequently asked questions.

Additional Information

Pieces are plaster unless otherwise noted. They are made to order and hand cast. We offer our pieces in a variety of patinas/finishes. Click next tab for more details.

Small and large reliefs and masks come with at least one embedded hook for hanging unless otherwise noted.

Questions? View the FAQ page for more information and for answers to frequently asked questions. Email us at contact@capronicollection.com or call us at 781-933-2455.

View Patina Options

Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order to order is to be expected.

Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.

 

FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.

photo of cast of sculpture relief of robed figure, head now missing, reaching for her sandal in Flat White Patina on a dark gray background       

WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.

       

LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.

     

ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.

     

BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.

     

STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.

 

DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.

 

SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.

 

TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.

 

ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.

TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.

Shipping & Returns

Most pieces ship within 1-3 weeks as they are made to order and hand cast.

Customers in the contiguous United States receive free shipping automatically at checkout. Customers located elsewhere can find shipping options in the checkout process.

Pieces must be opened and inspected within 48 hours of delivery to report any damage.

Returns are not accepted; all sales are final as pieces are made to order and hand cast.

View the FAQ page for more information and for answers to frequently asked questions.