Hellenic National Archaeological Museum presents “The last Aphrodites”

The Unseen Museum is the exhibition project of the Hellenic National Archaeological Museum that brings to the fore antiquities stored in its vaults away from the visitor’s eyes.

The Unseen Museum presents “ The last Aphrodites”, a small exhibition set that includes two ivory carvings and two fragments of Coptic textiles from Egypt of late antiquity. All four artefacts illustrate Aphrodites, Nereids or other mythological figures.

The two carvings, dating to the 4th century AD, were destined to decorate bridal jewellery boxes, chests or other precious vessels. The textiles in display, are dated to the period in which Coptic weaving flourished, from the 5th to the 7th cent. A.D. They were sewn on luxurious tunics, draperies or cushions of the early Christians of Egypt.
The “ Last Aphrodites” are exhibited in the “ Hall of the Altar” (Hall no 34) from Friday 24 May to Monday 19 August 2024.