Eros or a spirit (Psyche or Daimon) carrying a perfume bottle

Greek
Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

97.298

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of winged baby wrapped in a himation. His head is turned towards a round vase (aryballos) he carries at his left shoulder. Cloak pink, blue and white; wings pink, white and yellow. The cloak has been broken from his head. The right side of his face broken off. Left leg from below knee, right foot and ankle are missing.
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, remains of plaster with the impression of string make 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