3rd century B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 113; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).
Height x depth: 56.5 x 11 cm (22 1/4 x 4 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The relief is in three fragments, broken at both sides. Portions of the original upper and lower edges are preserved. Details of the design are broken, and the surfaces worn.
The upper edge and the composition of the floral design suggest this relief may have decorated a small pediment, perhaps of a funerary structure. The central motif at the left comprises a large plant, rising from acanthus leaves. Eros sits on a spiraled tendril, with wings spread out against the background. He looks around toward a small griffin, which emerges from the foliage at the right.
Said to be from Ceglie, near Bari; by 1910: with E. P. Warren (bought in Brindisi and found near there); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)
Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution