Eros or a spirit (Psyche or Daimon) carrying a box

Greek
Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.


Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes; Place of Manufacture: Greece, Euboia

Dimensions

Height: 11 cm (4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

97.296

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of winged baby. He carries a box with a raised lid on his left arm and points to it with his right hand. A cloak covers his head like a hood; he wears a wreath under the hood. Cloak bright pink and blue; wings pink, white and gold; eyes brown; lips red, flesh pink. Lower half of left wing missing. Left thigh restored in plaster.
Objects in the MFA from the Tomb of the Erotes include 97.290-97.345, 98.790-98.794, 98.798, 98.893, 99.438, and 21.1213.
On the backs of some figures are remains of plaster with the impression of string, making it clear that the winged figures were suspended.

Provenance

By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: [one of] 28 Erotes said to be all from the same grave at Eretria); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund