Title: Aphrodite of Knidos
Context: From Knidos
Summary: Nude Aphrodite, just finished with her bath
Object Function: Cult
Sculptor: Literary attestation to Praxiteles
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Original/copies
Style: Late Classical
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original (lost)
Date: ca. 350 BC
Scale: Over life-size
Region: Caria
Period: Late Classical

Subject Description: The lost Aphrodite from Knidos, or Knidian Aphrodite--known from Roman copies--was one of two statues of Aphrodite that Praxiteles made and sold at the same time, according to Pliny. While the draped statue was acquired by the inhabitants of Kos, the Knidians bought the one that showed Aphrodite nude, and which became more famous. At Knidos the statue stood in the center of Aphrodite's round temple, so that the statue could be viewed from all sides.

Condition: Lost

Sources Used: Stewart 1990, 279-80

Other Bibliography: Havelock 1995